University Hospital is one of America’s Best Hospitals

For the fifth straight year, University Hospital has been named best hospital in the San Antonio region by U.S. News & World Report.
  • University Hospital ranked BEST Hospital by U.S. News & World Report No. 1 in San Antonio region, five years in a row
  • No. 6 in Texas
  • Top 50 in the nation for kidney disease

U.S. News released the 26th edition of its prestigious Best Hospitals rankings today, and again ranked University Hospital No. 6 in Texas, and among the top 50 in the country for the care of patients with kidney disease. Only 137 out of nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals earned a national Top 50 ranking in any specialty.

University Health System is also recognized as high-performing in the areas of cancer, gynecology, pulmonology and urology.

“It is a great honor to be named one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals yet again,” said George B. Hernández Jr., president and CEO of University Health System. “But the real value of this recognition is that it affirms our hard work and commitment to providing our patients the very highest level of care.”

University Health System, owned by the people of Bexar County, is the primary teaching partner for the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

The Best Hospitals methodology measures patient volume, risk-adjusted survival rates and adequacy of nurse staffing, among other care-related indicators. U.S. News further expanded the number of physicians surveyed for the 2015-16 rankings.

“Patients deserve high-quality information on hospitals,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “We strive to provide them with the most comprehensive data available so they can make more informed decisions together with their doctor about where to undergo treatment.”

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used both the specialty rankings and its recently published Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings to produce the Best Regional Hospitals.

U.S. News first began publishing hospital rankings in 1990 as part of an expanding group of consumer advice products. Over the past 26 years, the Best Hospitals rankings have helped guide millions of patients and their families to high-quality hospital care when they need it most.

The rankings, freely available at, will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook (ISBN 978-1-931469-678), available in August from the U.S. News Store.

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