UT Southwestern has been re-ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth — the nation’s fourth-largest metro area — and is among the top hospitals nationally for cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, cardiology and heart surgery, rehabilitation, geriatrics, urology, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology and lung surgery, and gastroenterology and GI surgery.
DALLAS — July 25, 2022 — UT Southwestern Medical Center is the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth — the nation’s fourth-largest metro area — for the sixth straight year and ranks among the top hospitals nationally in nine specialties ranging from brain to heart-to-cancer care, according to US News & World Reports annual list of best hospitals released today. Five specialties are among the top 25 in the country.
The national recognition, which includes heart, diabetes, lung, urology and cancer specialties that rank among the top 25 in the country, builds on the expansion of the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital in 2021, completing a $1 billion campaign in 2022 for the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute – one of the largest in the country to support brain research – and redesignation of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2022 by the National Cancer Institute as one of the nation’s elite comprehensive cancer centers.
In the past year, UT Southwestern has also received national recognition for patient satisfaction, patient safety, and quality of care from several rating agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Leapfrog, Healthgrades, and Press Ganey.
“Our commitment to the best possible care for patients — reflected in independent metrics like these rankings — remains our North Star despite a challenging healthcare environment,” said Daniel K. Podolsky, MD, president of UT Southwestern. “The commitment of our mission to advance medical science and prepare the next generation of physicians and other healthcare providers with the unwavering commitment of our entire healthcare team by putting our patients at the center of everything we do is our priority that encourages continuous improvement.”
UT Southwestern’s nationally ranked specialties from more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide include:
Ranked #2 in Texas, UT Southwestern was rated nationally as a high performer for orthopedics, ranking that specialty in the top 10% of all hospitals rated, and was rated nationally for its expertise in 17 procedures and conditions – abdominal aortic repair -aneurysm, aortic valve surgery, back surgery (spinal fusion), COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip fracture, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, and uterine cancer surgery. UTSW also received “excellent” ratings for its patient experience in three types of cancer surgery, three types of orthopedic surgery, and four types of cardiology surgeries and treatments.
“US news and world report began publishing hospital rankings … to identify the medical centers in different specialties best suited to patients whose disease presents unusual challenges due to underlying conditions, procedural difficulties, advanced age, or other medical problems that pose risks.”
– US news and world report
Clements University Hospital previously received a national award for its high patient satisfaction scores, quality and safety efforts, and innovative design. UT Southwestern ranks in the top 5% of hospitals nationally for consistent clinical quality delivery, and among top hospitals for patient experience and routine specialty care in areas such as cardiovascular, gastroenterology, orthopedic, and neurosurgical care. Organizations also rate UTSW highly for patient satisfaction efforts, such as communication with doctors and nurses, instructions for medication and hospital discharge, and cleanliness and tranquility in the hospital.
“The recognition reflects a commitment to service excellence that resonates in our health system and is shared by our physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, interns and essential support staff,” said John Warner, MD, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs and Health System CEO at UT Southwestern. “By working together, our multidisciplinary teams advance the quality of care and the outcomes we can achieve for our patients and their families.”
Children’s Medical Center Dallas, where the UT Southwestern Pediatric Group’s faculty practice was previously rated one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by American news for 2022-2023 and is the only pediatric hospital in North Texas ranked in all 10 specialties.
The 12-story, three-tower Clements University Hospital, along with extensions of brain, cancer, radiation oncology and outpatient clinical space, means the health system is ideally positioned to continue to meet Texas’ burgeoning healthcare needs. The hospital expansion prepared UT Southwestern for referrals from the continued growth of the Southwestern Health Resources network, a partnership with Texas Health Resources to better integrate healthcare services in North Texas. The network includes four of the eight top-rated hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In addition to UT Southwestern’s No. 1 hospital, the Southwestern Health Resources network includes Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, which ranked No. 3, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth, which ranked No. 5, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, which placed number 8.
In other institutional measures, UT Southwestern ranks No. 1 among global healthcare institutions by 2022 Nature Index to its published research, UT Southwestern Medical School ranks in the top 25 best Graduate Schools nationally, and the Medical Center has nationally rated programs in the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the region — one of 53 in the nation, ranking it in the top 4% of the approximately 1,500 cancer centers in the United States. UT Southwestern has been designated an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and has one of the nation’s leading epilepsy clinics – a level 4 center, the highest level possible by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers – within the O’Donnell Brain Institute.
About UT Southwestern Medical Center
UT Southwestern, one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers, integrates cutting-edge biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty has received six Nobel Prizes and includes 26 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. Its full-time faculty of more than 2,900 members is responsible for pioneering medical advances and is committed to quickly translating science-based research into new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide care in more than 80 specialties to more than 100,000 hospitalized patients, more than 360,000 emergency care cases, and oversee nearly 4 million outpatient visits per year.