Data-driven assessment by U.S. News & World Report places Roswell Park in top 1.5% of cancer hospitals
- Annual ranking reviewed patient outcomes and other data for 885 cancer centers
- New methodology puts focus on patient-centered metrics
- Also rated high-performing in 2 subspecialties: colon and lung cancer surgery
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A record of outstanding clinical care and services has once again earned Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center recognition as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country. The Buffalo-based cancer center has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the Best Hospitals in the nation, and number 14 on its list of Best Hospitals for Cancer. U.S. News’ data-driven ranking places Roswell Park among the top 1.5% of cancer hospitals, and as a high-performing center in two subspecialty areas: colon cancer surgery and lung cancer surgery.
Roswell Park is the only center in Western and Upstate New York to be included in U.S. News’ ranking of the top 50 cancer hospitals, and one of only two New York State centers to rank in the top 15 on this respected national list.
U.S. News made a few key changes to the methodology by which this year’s ratings were calculated, incorporating patient-centered measures such as patient satisfaction and how often patients are discharged directly from the hospital to their home, as well as risk adjustment to account for the level of complexity in treating sicker patients.
“We take our responsibility to provide outstanding care and support services for patients in our community so seriously, and to see that effort acknowledged in what the U.S. News team saw when they compared us to other top centers is so rewarding,” says Roswell Park President and CEO Candace S. Johnson, PhD. “I have to thank my incredible team of employees for dedicating themselves to providing an outstanding overall experience for our patients, as well as the amazing donors and supporters who make it possible for us to offer the cutting-edge therapies and tools that enable us to offer care at the level we do.”
Roswell Park received the top possible scores in categories including patient survival, patient experience, patients going home after hospitalization and advanced technologies. Among the more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide to be evaluated, the center is one of only 165 to be nationally ranked in even one specialty.
“This ranking from U.S. News & World Report, together with our recently awarded highest-ever funding as a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, underscores that Roswell Park is one of the leading centers for cancer treatment and research in the world,” says Stephen Edge, MD, FACS, FASCO, a national expert on healthcare quality measurement who serves as Vice President of Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at the cancer center. “At Roswell Park, continuous analysis and improvement are built into our culture, driving our care higher and higher.”
Roswell Park has been honored by many organizations for the quality of its care. In addition to its status as a U.S. News Best Hospital for Cancer, the cancer center has been recognized by the BlueCross BlueShield Association as a Blue Distinction Center for both Cancer Care and Transplant, and consistently receives patient-satisfaction scores that are among the highest in the country.
“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” says Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”
The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings are now in their 30th year. For more information on the 2019-20 rankings, see health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/cancer.
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at www.roswellpark.org, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or ASKRoswell@RoswellPark.org.
Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager