US News & World Report has good news for several Dallas-Fort Worth-area hospitals, three of which made the list Best in America.
The magazine's annual ranking lists UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as the No. 1 hospital in DFW for a second consecutive year, along with being ranked nationally in six specialties in heart, urology, gynecology, neurology, diabetes and kidney disease.
"These ratings are the latest acknowledgement of UT Southwestern's University Hospitals and Clinics' place among the nation's leading medical institutions in providing care to patients while remaining committed to ground-breaking research," said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, the university's president. "The new rankings reflect our commitment to deliver consistently outstanding patient care to the local community, North Texas and the nation. Our faculty physicians and researchers, residents and fellows, nurses and other staff remain focused on our mission to provide exceptional patient care, advance medical science and prepare the next generation of caregivers and scientists."
Only 140 hospitals in the country achieved rankings in more than one specialty.
The magazine also rated UT Southwestern as high-performing in the following six specialties: cancer, ear/nose/throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, orthopaedics and pulmonology.
Baylor Medical Center Among Best for 19th Year (Ranked #2 locally)
For the 19th consecutive year, the magazine has listed Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas) as being among the best in the U.s.
Baylor Dallas is ranked among the nation's top 50 hospitals in four medical specialties: gastroenterology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology and has shown great movement in all categories.
Baylor was ranked 39th in nephrology in 2010, but moved up to 23rd in 2011. Last year they ranked 43rd in gastroenterology but moved up 15 spots to 28th in 2011. Urology was ranked 47th in 2010 but moved up to 33rd in 2011. The largest increase though was the pulmonary specialty, where the hospital improved from a ranking of 83rd in 2010 to 50th in 2011.
Parkland Among Best for 18th Straight Year (Ranked No. 3 locally)
UTSW isn't the only North Texas hospital making the grade. For the 18th straight year, Parkland Hospital in Dallas made this list of America's Best Hospitals by earning national rankings in gynecology (21st) and orthopedics (32nd)
Parkland was also designated as high performing in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, nephrology and urology.
"Because Parkland's doors first opened in 1894, our mission has always been to provide excellent care to everyone in need. It is an honor to be recognized year after year for the outstanding patient care that our hard-working employees provide every day," said Ron J. Anderson, MD, Parkland President and Chief Executive Officer.
Rounding out the Top 5 local hospitals is Baylor Regional Medical Center at No. 4 and Medical City Dallas at No. 5. See the top DFW hospitals here.
The magazine has been producing the best hospitals list since 1990 and ranks only those facilities that are affiliated with medical schools, have at least 200 patient beds or membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals.
The full list is available on the U.S. News & World Report website. The magazine will be available beginning Aug. 30.