Ranked No. 1 in Michigan and No. 6 in the country, Michigan Medicine’s adult hospitals were recognized among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

The annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings distinguish hospitals that excel in providing high-quality patient care and treating the most challenging health conditions.

“We are pleased that U.S. News & World Report recognizes the outstanding care we provide,” Marschall Runge, executive vice president for medical affairs, said about the ranking for Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan.

“We appreciate that our values of caring, teamwork, integrity, innovation and excellence are reflected in this ranking as one of the top six hospitals in the nation,” said Runge, who is also chief executive officer of Michigan Medicine and dean of the Medical School.

Michigan Medicine has made a commitment to improve outcomes and patient care, which likely led to the improved rankings, said David Spahlinger, president of the U-M Health System and executive vice dean for clinical affairs of the Medical School.

“Our focus is on continually improving the care we provide,” Spahlinger said. “Having 15 specialty areas noted for excellence is evidence of the breadth of those efforts and recognition of the expertise of our staff and faculty.”

“These rankings validate what everyone here at Michigan Medicine does every day, providing excellent, innovative patient-focused care.”

This is the 25th consecutive year the hospitals and health centers of Michigan Medicine have been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report for strong across-the-board performance.

Nine U-M specialty areas rank in the top 10 in the country: gynecology (3), otolaryngology (6, two-way tie) pulmonology (6, two-way tie), geriatrics (7), urology (7), neurology and neurosurgery (8), ophthalmology (8), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (9), and cardiology and heart surgery (10).

U-M is recognized in 15 of 16 adult specialties. Also receiving impressive rankings: cancer (12, three-way tie), rheumatology (12), nephrology (13), rehabilitation (14), diabetes and endocrinology (17), and orthopedics (28, two-way tie). Only 3 percent, or 152 hospitals out of approximately 4,500, earned even one ranked spot.

“It is an honor to be ranked among the best,” said Jeffrey Desmond, chief medical officer of Michigan Medicine. “However, the credit goes to our employees, both on the front lines and behind the scenes, it is their compassion and hard work every day which creates the exceptional care we provide.

“We have many strengths here at Michigan Medicine, but it is the people who work here, in every area, which bring those many strengths together to serve our patient’s needs. “

U.S. News ranks hospitals on a number of factors including patient safety, clinical resources, quality of care, family centeredness and staff professionalism. Some specialty rankings are also based on hospital reputation, which is determined by surveying more than 125,000 physicians across the country.