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UW Hospital and Clinics has been named the top hospital in Wisconsin for the sixth straight year.

AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

UW Hospital and Clinics is the top-rated hospital in the state once again, according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospitals guide.

This is the sixth year in a row UW Hospital and Clinics has been named the state’s top hospital.

The nation’s 4,500 hospitals were evaluated in 16 specialties, with only 152 hospitals getting at least one ranking in a specialty. UW Hospital is ranked in nine specialties.

The highest rankings attained by UW Hospital were in gynecology at 13 and urology at 16.

The hospital also scored high in nephrology (28), pulmonology (28), geriatrics (31), cancer (37), gastroenterology and GI surgery (37), neurology and neurosurgery (43) and orthopedics (45).

Data used by U.S. News mostly came from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey Database, which measures advanced technology, patient volume, nursing intensity and the presence of a high-level trauma center, UW Health said.

Mayo Clinic was named the best hospital in the country for the second straight year, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.