We’ve got the rankings for the 3 best hospitals in Alabama — hint: one’s in Huntsville

Photo Of Uab Hospital
Photo of UAB hospital. Photo via Bama Buzz

The U.S. News and World Report has revealed the 3 best hospitals in the state of Alabama in a report on Tuesday. We are proud to have so many high quality facilities in our state. Keep reading for more.

The U.S. News and World Report has completed their rankings for the best hospitals in the state. The rankings for the hospitals were based on pre-COVID data. Therefore, even though COVID still is here to annoy us, it does not have an impact on the rankings for this study.

The rankings take a few things into consideration. They look at the structure, process/expert opinion and outcomes. I know that may sound like a bunch of gibberish. What it means is that these hospitals were ranked based on how well they perform their jobs in patient care, research and organization.

Now that you know what they are graded on, let’s get into the rankings.

In 3rd Place: Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital — Birmingham

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Photo of Ascension St. Vincent’s campus from University Blvd. Photo via Bama Buzz’s Joshua Pleasants

St. Vincent’s came in as the 3rd best hospital in the state. This honor is attributed to their exceptional care as they received 4 out of 5 stars in patient experience.

The hospital ranked as high performing in 6 categories including colon cancer surgery, heart failure and hip/knee replacements. The areas they excel in are listed below:

  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

In 2nd Place: Huntsville Hospital

Huntsville Hospital
Huntsville Hospital. Photo via Huntsville Hospital website

Huntsville Hospital ranked at number 2 in the state. They were recognized for delivering high quality care in 11 specialties including heart bypass surgery, colon cancer surgery and back surgery. Their full list is below:

  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart attack
  • Back surgery (spinal fusion)
  • Stroke
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Diabetes

First Place: University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital

Uab School Of Nursing
UAB School of Nursing. Photo via Bama Buzz’s Joshua Pleasants

Taking home the gold, UAB comes out as the best hospital in the state. This has been an ongoing trend for this hospital. As the only nationally ranked hospital in Alabama, this makes sense.

UAB is nationally ranked in 8 categories including gynecology, cancer and rheumatology. They received the honor of “high performing” in 2 adult specialties and 14 procedures/conditions.

In the same study done by U.S News and World Report, UAB Hospital ranked nationally in these categories:

  • Gynecology — Ranked #7 in the nation
  • Rheumatology — Ranked #10 in the nation
  • Rehabilitation — Ranked #22 in the nation
  • Ear, Nose and Throat — Ranked #25 in the nation
  • Cancer — Ranked #27 in the nation
  • Cardiology/Heart Surgery — Ranked #29 in the nation
  • Geriatrics — Ranked #30 in the nation
  • Pulmonology/lung surgery — Ranked #31 in the nation

How were they ranked?

According to The U.S. News and World Report, hospital performance is measured in 15 categories. Having our hospitals do so well in most of these categories really makes living in our great state a little safer.

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