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2 Reports Give Varying Results for UVA Medical Center

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A pair of new reports has ranked the University of Virginia Medical Center for its patient care.

U.S. News and World Report names UVA one of the best hospitals. Consumer Reports doesn't rank the Medical Center as high, giving it a low score for surgery. The two different reports have very different results.

The magazines evaluate different areas and don't always incorporate reasons for varying results in their rankings. UVA Medical Center says there is always room for improvement.

Jonathan Dean Truwit, the chief medical officer for UVA Medical Center, says he is proud of the  U.S. News and World Report ranking.

"Of the hospitals that are ranked there are 147 out of 5,000 hospitals across the country that are ranked, so we are really pleased," he said.

UVA ranks among the top 50 best hospitals in the country for endocrine and diabetes care and as the fourth best hospital in the commonwealth.

"We offer cutting-edge technology cutting-edge opportunities and procedures, some of our procedures," Truwit said.

On the flip side, this month's Consumer Reports gave UVA's surgery department a 47 percent for safety.

"I just don't want to blame the rankings, they are what they are," Truwit said in reaction to the low percentage score.

Truwit argues Consumer Reports doesn't account for UVA's patient population.

"The sicker you are the more likely you are to have a longer length of stay. If half of your patients aren't local, it's hard to get patients home," he said.

According to Truwit, faster release times at local hospitals don't always reflect infections or complications. Truwit says UVA is making strides to improve and patients can expect to notice that in a number of areas.

"It turns out our hospital-acquired complications overall in the state of Virginia, we're one of the better performing groups. We are not zero, that is our goal, is to get to zero. So if I am a patient I want to see zero as the answer," he said.

UVA Medical Center recently applied for magnet status as a nursing organization and is exploring relationships for hospice care. Both are likely to improve their future rankings.

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