For the fifth straight year, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is the leading hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the “Best Hospitals” survey published annually by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
The DCH Cancer Center recently formed a local affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network®, which is a supporting organization of MD Anderson in Houston.
“DCH congratulates MD Anderson for this remarkable achievement,” DCH President and CEO Bryan Kindred said. “This is an example of how the DCH Cancer Center's affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network® enhances our mission and commitment to provide the most advanced treatments for cancer to residents of West Alabama.”
With this top ranking, MD Anderson has been rated No. 1 eight times in the past decade. Since the survey began 21 years ago, the institution has been named one of the top two hospitals for cancer in the United States.
“This top national ranking acknowledges the signature care that MD Anderson’s 18,000 employees deliver – and advance – every day,” said Thomas W. Burke, M.D., MD Anderson executive vice president and physician-in-chief. “We’re honored to have MD Anderson’s innovative patient care, nursing, clinical trials, research, supportive care and outreach programs recognized among so many great cancer centers in the nation, and our faculty, staff and volunteers share this accolade with our patients who inspire us all every day.”
The DCH Cancer Center is the second health care facility in Alabama to have a local affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network® and is one of only a few affiliates in the U.S.
“The affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network® gives West Alabama residents access to cancer care based on guidelines developed by MD Anderson,” DCH Regional Medical Center Administrator Bill Cassels said.
The DCH Cancer Center’s credentialed physicians collaborate with MD Anderson Physicians Network® to bring evidence-based clinical care for almost every type and phase of cancer. To obtain access to the benefits of the MD Anderson Physician’s Network® program, patients must choose a local physician who is contracted by the DCH Cancer Center and is credentialed by MD Anderson Physicians Network®.
The annual “Best Hospitals” rankings are based on a complex mix of criteria that includes key technologies, nurse-to-patient staffing ratios and the availability of patient services such as genetic testing/counseling, translation services, wound management, palliative care and others. The methodology also weighs reputation with board-certified physicians from around the nation, disease outcomes and patient safety.