University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center ranks No. 13 in country for treating cancer

Overall, U-M earns a spot on national Honor Roll for 17th straight year; ranked No. 1 in Detroit metro area

-added 07/19/2011

Ann Arbor - The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center was ranked No. 13 among cancer programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report magazine. It is the only hospital in Michigan ranked nationally for cancer care.

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Overall, the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers was ranked 14th for the third consecutive year. U-M was also ranked No. 1 in the Detroit metropolitan area, both overall and for cancer care.

The results, released online today, mark the 17th year in a row that U-M has been named to the honor roll of "America's Best Hospitals." The hospital is the only one in Michigan ranked among the 14 institutions on the national honor roll, which signifies all-around excellence in multiple areas of specialized medical care.

Cancer is one of 16 specialties U.S. News ranks individually. U-M earned a high national ranking in all 16 categories. Of the 4,825 hospitals considered for the rankings, only 140 made the list in even one specialty.

"To be nationally recognized in so many areas is a clear demonstration of the dedication of our faculty and staff," says Doug Strong, M.B.A., director and chief executive officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers. "We're extremely proud to be recognized for the strength of our efforts year after year."

The public can see even more evidence of U-M's top-quality care online. Recently, under Strong's leadership, UMHS launched a Quality & Safety website that makes UMHHC among the most "transparent" in the country.

Located at, the site gives anyone access to detailed data about how well U-M performs on many measures of care quality, appropriateness and safety. Such measures form the basis for part of the U.S. News ranking, but the U-M site goes far beyond the publicly available data that rankings are based on.

U.S. News determines the "America's Best Hospitals" rankings based on hospital reputation in particular specialties, and, for all but four specialties, on mortality rates and a mix of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. Rankings in ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology are determined by reputation among board-certified specialists.

The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers are part of the U-M Health System, which also has been recognized by U.S. News as having one of the nation's top medical schools and top children's hospitals.

Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the U-M Medical School 10th among the best research-oriented medical schools. The Medical School also ranked 9th among medical schools in 2010 for the total dollars its researchers earned from the National Institutes of Health.

In May, the magazine ranked the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation. Mott was ranked in all 10 of the evaluated categories.

U-M was not considered for the first metro Detroit rankings for adult care, issued earlier this year, because of the way the geographical area for metro Detroit was defined. The magazine changed its methodology for the new rankings.

For the 2011 "America's Best Hospitals" rankings, U-M's rank in each specialty category is:

Overall: #14 (tie)

Detroit metro: #1

Cancer (#13)

Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#12)

Diabetes & Endocrinology (#17)

Ear, Nose & Throat (#9)

Gastroenterology (#20)

Geriatrics (#11)

Gynecology (#12)

Nephrology (#26)

Neurology & Neurosurgery (#27)

Ophthalmology (#16)

Orthopaedics (#25)

Psychiatry (#20)

Pulmonology (#14)

Rehabilitation (#17)

Rheumatology (#15)

Urology (#15)

U.S. News' 2011-12 publication of "America's Best Hospitals" will be on sale at newsstands in August. The rankings are also available online at

Written by Nicole Fawcett; contact: 734-764-2220; or

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