UVA and Martha Jefferson Hospitals get high marks in recent rankings

UVA Medical Center. Photo:  Jack Looney UVA Medical Center. Photo: Jack Looney

A recent U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Virginia Medical Center and Martha Jefferson Hospital among the best hospitals in the region and state, based on a three-year average of data used to compile the list.

In the 2014-15 ranking, the UVA Medical Center was second in Central Virginia and seventh in the state, and Martha Jefferson came in at fifth in the region and tied for 11th in the state with Bon Secours Hospital of Henrico and Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. The state rankings for both hospitals dropped three spots from last year.

The U.S. News and World’s Best Hospital list also hailed seven UVA Medical Center programs among the top 25 percent in their specific health specialties. The programs lauded were the cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology departments. Two pediatric programs at UVA, neonatology and urology, were each listed in the top 50 of U.S. News’ Best Children’s Hospitals guide.

According to their respective websites, Martha Jefferson had 176 beds and employed about 1,700 people, and the UVA Health System supported 570 beds and 9,473 paid employees in 2013.

The U.S. News and World Report’s rankings are based on a variety of considerations, including use of technology, reputational surveys, patient safety and outcomes, statistical data, and staffing levels. The Best Hospitals rankings are updated every July.