100 Top Hospitals in America – 2015 with Three (3) in Arizona!


Phoenix Arizona residents have much to be proud of and thankful for the high quality of medical care these three Arizona hospitals - Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix - Banner-University Medical Center Tucson (Ariz.) - Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Medical Center ranked by Becker Hospital Review in the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. for 2015.

Honorable Mention:

Banner-Gateway MD Anderson Cancer Center (Gilbert, Ariz.) is affiliated with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center also ranked in the top 100 hospitals in the U.S.


Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale (Ariz.) is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) also ranked in the top 100 hospitals in the U.S.


Banner-University Medical Center (Phoenix, Ariz.)  Banner-University Medical Center, formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, is a nationally renowned academic medical center. The hospital was founded by Lulu Clifton in 1911. Ms. Clifton, a Methodist Deaconess, traveled to Phoenix to recover from tuberculosis. With only $12 on hand, she set out to create Arizona Deaconess Hospital, which was located in an apartment building. Over the years, the hospital continued to grow. In late February of this year, Banner Health — the medical center's operator — and University of Arizona Health Network completed a merger, resulting in the medical center's name change and increased collaboration with the university's research activities and medical training programs.

In its 2014-15 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked 653-bed Banner-University Medical Center as the No. 2 hospital in Arizona and in Phoenix, and in the top 50 hospitals in the nation for geriatrics. The Magnet-accredited hospital has many additional recognitions, including accreditation by The Joint Commission for hospital and transplant services, designation as a Level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and designation as a Level III comprehensive epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, among others.

The hospital offers specialty services in advanced heart care, advanced lung diseases, organ transplantations, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and concussion care. Additionally, the hospital houses some of the nation's leading expertise in high-risk obstetrics care, including multiple births.

Banner-University Medical Center Tucson (Ariz.)  Formerly the University of Arizona Medical Center changed its name upon the merger of the University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health that was announced in 2014 and closed in March of this year. The main campus opened in 1971 and is also home to Diamond Children's.

This hospital is nationally recognized for high-quality patient care, teaching and research. It's the No. 2 hospital in Arizona, according to 2014-15 rankings from U.S. News & World Report, and nationally ranked in geriatrics. It is home to the only Level I trauma center in southern Arizona and is Magnet-recognized for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

And soon, the 479-bed hospital will get a facelift. A major part of the merger with Banner includes "significant" construction projects at the Tucson campus, including an 11-story tower with 300 private patient rooms, a new operating room area, a new lobby, and a new hospital entrance.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Medical Center Established as a small hospital on the outskirts of Scottsdale, Shea Medical Center has grown to become a large medical and research facility. The 433-bed hospital offers a wide variety of services, including a Level III neonatal intensive care unit and cancer care at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, which is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. In April 2014, the cancer center was selected by the Association of Community Cancer Centers to serve as a Community Resource Center in its Improving Quality in Pancreatic Cancer project.

In December 2013, Shea Medical Center was ranked among the top 97 hospitals in the country for joint replacement procedures by CMS. It was the only hospital in the Phoenix area to make the list. In 2014, the hospital earned an "A" grade from The Leapfrog Group for patient safety, and the hospital has also received Magnet designation for nursing excellence. Leapfrog has also named it one of the top urban hospitals in the nation.

Shea Medical Center's parent company, Scottsdale Healthcare, launched the Healthcare Military Partnership, a unique program that provides military medical personnel with training, education and clinical experience.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)  One of the best-known names in healthcare today, Mayo Clinic passed its 150th birthday in 2013 and looks good for its age. With 59,509 employees at its locations in the Rochester, Minn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jacksonville, Fla., Mayo Clinic has developed a reputation for excellence in patient care and diagnosis.

The sprawling Mayo Clinic system grew from the practice of William Worrall Mayo, who began practicing medicine in Rochester, Minn., in 1863. His two sons joined him in practice in 1883 and 1888, and several members of the family still work there and many more are patients, graduates of educational programs or give as benefactors. More than 1 million patients from across the U.S. and nearly 150 countries come to come to Mayo's three medical centers and multiple clinical sites every year.

Mayo Clinic was recognized as the nation's best hospital in the 2014-15 U.S. News & World Report's ranking and has held Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1997. The health system also serves as a major research institution with 8,698 active human research studies and 5,673 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Mayo Clinic's education arm also includes a medical school, the Mayo School of Health Sciences and a continuing professional development facility.

Mayo Clinic is ranked nationally in 15 specialties — eight of which were first place rankings — and nine pediatric specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  The mission of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is straightforward: eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world. The hospital was created in 1941 and accepted its first patient in 1944. Since then, 1 million patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care.

U.S. News & World Report not only ranked MD Anderson as the No. 2 hospital in the country for cancer care but also as a top hospital for ear, nose and throat care and gynecology. The hospital has earned Magnet designation for excellence in nursing. MD Anderson's cancer clinical trial program is the largest in the country, with more than 8,000 registrants receiving innovative treatments.

In 2012, MD Anderson launched the Moon Shots Program, which challenges physicians and scientists to target eight types of cancer and dramatically reduce mortality for the diseases. So far, the program has resulted in a new family outreach program for genetic screenings, improved surgical outcomes for ovarian cancer and an anti-tobacco program for adolescents who are at the highest risk for smoking. The Moon Shots Program has received more than $210 million in private philanthropic commitments.

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