UT Southwestern Medical Center is the region’s best hospital for the sixth consecutive year, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospital list. Baylor Scott and White was the most awarded nonprofit system in the state.
For the last 33 years, U.S. News has ranked hospitals for overall quality and performance while recognizing hospitals for individual programs. The recognition zooms in on 15 different specialties and their overall ranking. The publication evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions this year.
For the 2022-2023 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. One hundred sixty-four hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. The ranking is produced with RTI International, a research organization in North Carolina.
In Texas, Houston Methodist Hospital was the top-ranked facility, with UT Southwestern coming in second. Baylor University Medical Center was the fourth-ranked hospital in the state and the second in the region. Parkland and Texas Health Presbyterian tied for 14th in the state, while Medical City Dallas and Methodist Dallas Medical Center were tied for 16th. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth also finished in the top 25 for the state. Six of the top 12 hospitals in the state were in the Houston area.
UTSW was the U.S. News’ hospital in the region for the sixth consecutive year and also was nationally ranked in nine specialties, including urology, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology and lung surgery, cancer, geriatrics, rehabilitation, neurology and neurosurgery, and gastroenterology and GI surgery care. UTSW’s urology program is its highest-ranked specialty and No. 11 in the country.
UTSW’s orthopedics program was also rated in the top 10 percent in the country, and it was nationally ranked for 17 different procedures and conditions.
“Our commitment to the best care possible for patients – reflected in independent measures such as these rankings – remains our North Star despite a challenging health care environment,” said Dr. Daniel Podolsky, UTSW President via release. “The obligation of our mission to advance medical science and prepare the next generation of physicians and other providers with the unwavering commitment of our entire health care team by putting our patients at the center of everything we do is our priority that drives continuous improvement.”
Baylor Scott and White Health had 29 total hospitals ranked by U.S. News, making it the most awarded nonprofit system in the state. Two of the systems’ hospitals were rated top 5 in the state, with BUMC No. 4 in Texas and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple ranked No. 5 in the state. NUMC was rated in the top 10 percent for cancer, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and pulmonology and lung surgery. BSWH’s Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas was ranked No. 14 for rehabilitation.
“It is energizing to see the talent, passion, and commitment of our teams recognized nationally,” said Pete McCanna, CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health via release. “And, as customer expectations continue to grow, we are dedicated to leading the evolution of the way high-quality care is delivered.”
Texas Health Resources had three hospitals ranked in the top 10 in North Texas. In the 16 counties where the system has healthcare services, more patients see Texas Health than any other provider. “The healthcare industry is coming out of a difficult two-and-a-half years, but our commitment to caring for patients has never wavered,” said Barclay Berdan CEO of Texas Health Resources, via release. “We excel in providing compassionate care in an array of hospital-based specialties. And we continue to invest and grow with our North Texas community to provide our families, friends, and neighbors care for all stages of life.”
The U.S. News list focuses on specialty care and providing a high level of expertise, but not necessarily access. Many top-ranked hospitals and the top specialists are difficult or prohibitively costly to access without health insurance. Texas leads the nation in uninsured residents, where nearly one in five residents doesn’t have health insurance. In 2020, Washington Monthly and the Lown Institute teamed up to rank the best hospitals for the nation, considering ease of access, cost, and quality. JPS Health Network in Fort Worth was named the best hospital in the country by Lown Institute’s measure.
The only Texas hospital in the top 20 nationwide was Houston Methodist Hospital, with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, taking the top spot. Across the country, 164 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty.
Explore the complete rankings here.