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M. D. Anderson Named One of Nation’s Top Cancer Hospitals for 12th year in U.S. News & World Report’s Survey

M. D. Anderson Named One of Nation’s Top Cancer Hospitals for 12th year in U.S. News & World Report’s Survey
M. D. Anderson News Release 07/13/01

Once again, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center ranks among the nation’s top two cancer hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” survey published in the magazine’s July 16 issue.

The national recognition comes in the year the National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center celebrates its 60th anniversary. On the U.S. News index of 100, only 1.8 points separates M. D. Anderson (98.2 points) from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York (100 points) in the number one position.  Last year, M. D. Anderson was ranked number one.  Johns Hopkins Hospital (67.8 points), another prestigious cancer center, is 30.4 points behind M. D. Anderson in the third position.

In addition to the top ranking in cancer, several M. D. Anderson specialties rank among the nation’s best, including gynecology (5), ear, nose and throat (8), urology (13), neurology and neurosurgery (23), and digestive disorders (34). None of the 50 best cancer hospitals has a higher nurse-to-bed ratio than M. D. Anderson’s which is 2.68.  M. D. Anderson has ranked as one of the two top hospitals in cancer care since the magazine began its annual survey of specialty centers 12 years ago in 1990.

The survey is conducted for U.S. News & World Report by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. The rankings are based upon a survey of board-certified physicians around the country, patient survival data and various indicators such as the ratio of certain specialists to inpatient beds.

 “We are very proud of this distinction that recognizes the dedication and commitment of
M. D. Anderson faculty, staff, volunteers, patients and community partners,” said Dr. John Mendelsohn, M. D. Anderson’s president.  “There are more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States, and only 168 rank in the U.S. News ‘Best Hospitals’ survey.  This national  recognition reinforces our commitment to continue moving forward in the conquest of cancer.”

Created by the Texas Legislature in 1941, M. D. Anderson is now experiencing a period of unprecedented growth.  Key indicators include:

  • Hospital admissions exceeded 17,000 last year.  Outpatient clinic visits, treatments and procedures topped 448,000.

  • A record-breaking $86.9 million in private philanthropy was secured last year.

  • Research expenditures increased 17.5 percent from fiscal year 1999 to fiscal year 2000 – up from $155.1 million to $182.2 million.

  • The M. D. Anderson campus expanded with the opening last year of a 13-story office center housing 1,700 faculty and staff and a 198-room expansion of the Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International patient/family hotel.

  • Construction is under way on a 505,000-square-foot high-tech Basic Sciences Research
    Building and a 132,000-square-foot research building on the nearby South campus.

  • Ground will be broken later this month on a seven-story Ambulatory Clinical Building which will move several clinical services away from the main hospital/clinic complex.



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