UAB named one of the best hospitals in U.S. by Healthgrades

UAB Hospital named one of the best hospitals in America by Healthgrades. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

UAB Hospital has been named one of the best hospitals in the nation by  Healthgrades, a national resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

The recipients of Healthgrades America’s 50, 100 and 250 Best Hospitals Awards™ —  represent the top 1, 2 and 5 percent of hospitals in the nation.

The rating honors the nation’s top-performing health care providers, based on an analysis of more than 45 million patient records across nearly 4,500 hospitals over three years. The list honors the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall clinical excellence. UAB Hospital is the only Alabama health care facility to make the list.

Great Faculty and staff

UAB Hospital was names one of the best hospitals in U.S. by Healthgrades. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“It is our great faculty and staff who deserve the credit for UAB Hospital’s recognition by Healthgrades for what it is, a great hospital and an asset for everyone in Alabama,” said Will Ferniany, Ph.D., CEO of the UAB Health System in a UAB news release. “We are here to advance medicine throughout Alabama, our country and the world.”

Kirklin Clinic
The Kirklin Clinic at UAB Hospital. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to Healthgrades, their America’s Best Hospitals Awards analyzed the performance of United States hospitals across 32 conditions and procedures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke. Overall, patients treated in hospitals named as among America’s Best Hospitals™ have, on average, a 26.6 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive this award. If all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to America’s Best Hospitals, 161,930 lives could potentially have been saved.

Previous U.S. New and World Report Rankings

UAB Hospital. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

This is not the first time UAB Hospital has been recognized as a national leader. In the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Hospital Rankings, UAB Hospital was ranked the No. 1 hospital in Alabama. In the study, nationally, four medical specialties at UAB are ranked in the top 20 in the nation, and six more are ranked in the top 50. Three other specialties were listed as “high-performing.”

UAB topped several peer institutions, in the U.S. News Report ranking, including the University of North Carolina and Emory University.

More About the Healthgrades Ranking

Want to learn more about Healthgrades’ ranking – click – hospital quality methodologies. Also, click here to see a full list of the recipients.

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