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Being the best means hard work, commitment and dedication.  For the employees at University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital being the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky means embodying these characteristics by leading the way in patient care.

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report released for the first time, state rankings as part of their Best Hospitals 2012-13 listing. The rankings give consumers a way to compare hospitals to other neighboring institutions across the state.

"This acknowledges the hard work of our health care team in providing the highest quality patient care in the Commonwealth and our efforts in making great strides toward our goal of being one of the premier academic medical centers in the country," says Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "We are committed to offering world-class advanced subspecialty care such as transplants, complex cardiovascular surgeries, innovative cancer treatments and pediatric subspecialties so a patient and their family never have to leave their home state to receive even the most complex medical care."

In addition to the top hospital ranking in the state, several clinical programs were recognized including Orthopedics which was nationally ranked. Additionally, 10 clinical program specialty areas were honored as "High Performing.”  These clinical areas include Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology. Overall, UK was among 140 of the 4,825 U.S. hospitals ranked in one or more of 16 specialties.

UK’s patient care achievements in the past year include a Louisville woman successfully receiving the first heart and double lung transplant performed in Kentucky in more than 15 years. Other successes include:

· Doctors at Gill Heart Institute performed the first known triple ablation surgery, a procedure used to help a heart maintain a natural rhythm.

· The first Total Artificial Heart in Kentucky implanted on a 21-year-old Northern Kentucky man saving his life while he waited for a successful heart transplant. Fewer than 30 medical centers in the country are certified to perform the procedure.

· Markey Cancer Center became the first medical center in the state to use tomosynthesis, a state-of-the-art three-dimensional imaging method, for breast cancer screening.

"Our health care team is making a difference in people’s lives every single day and while this top ranking recognizes and honors our health care system, it is truly the patients who are the real benefactors of this achievement," says Ann Smith, chief administrator at UK Chandler Hospital.

The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The complete rankings and methodology are available by clicking here.