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US News Taps Vanderbilt-Ingram as One of Best in Cancer Care

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is the only institution in Tennessee to be listed among the nation’s leading places for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report in the newsmagazine’s 2006 "Best Hospitals" rankings.

Ranked at No. 20, Vanderbilt is also the highest-ranked center for cancer care in the Mid-South region.

In addition to cancer, Vanderbilt Medical Center is listed among the nation"s best in six other specialties: respiratory disorders; kidney disease; gynecology; endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; and urology.

The rankings, compiled annually since 1990, were released to the public on Friday, July 7, and are included in the issue that hits newsstands on Monday, July 10.

The rankings in 11 of 16 specialties combine reputation among doctors across the country with such data-driven measures of quality as mortality, patient volume, and availability of key technology. Rankings in five other specialties are based on reputation alone.

In cancer, the rankings also take into account whether a center has earned designation by the National Cancer Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health. Vanderbilt-Ingram is one of only 39 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation and the only one in Tennessee to be awarded this competitive recognition of excellence in cancer research, treatment, prevention, education and outreach.

Of more than 5,000 hospitals initially evaluated, only 176 scored high enough to be listed in even one specialty.

The rankings were produced by RTI International, a leading research organization in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The complete rankings can be found at www.usnews.com