Every year, the American Newsweek magazine and the statistics portal Statista salute the world’s best hospitals.
The most recent assessment covered around 2,000 hospitals from 25 countries, including the US, the UK, Germany, Singapore, Sweden and Norway.
Rigshospitalet was listed at number 15 - four places up on its 19th position the year before. Aarhus University Hospital was also well placed at number 32 in 2021, after reaching number 11 in 2020.
“I’m delighted to see two Danish hospitals in the same league as some of the world's largest and best hospitals. The Danish placing is the result of many years’ focus on high professionalism and extensive research activity, with huge dedication from our staff,” said Per Christiansen, chief executive at Rigshospitalet.
High level in many areas
The list of hospitals is put together from three sources of data:
- Recommendations from health experts
- Results of patient surveys
- Technical results (Medical KPIs).
Lead consultant, Professor Liselotte Højgaard is a member of the government's Life Science Council, and she is also immensely pleased with the results. She has no doubt that a number of strong specialist areas have influenced the assessment:
“The Centre for Cardiac, Vascular, Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases at Rigshospitalet has delivered exceptional results, we are strong in the neuro field, we have an extremely high level of treatment for cancer and children, and our diagnostics are outstanding. This means that we can provide highly specialised treatment, even in the most critical situations,” said Professor Liselotte Højgaard.
She also stresses the importance of internationally well-known profiles such as Professor Henrik Kehlet, a pioneer within accelerated patient pathways, and Professor Jens Lundgren, who has caused a stir with his work on infectious diseases such as HIV and Covid-19 and in developing personalised medicine.
“The past couple of years have been challenging because of corona, so it is crucial that we can maintain a high degree of professionalism, strong research and a good working environment to benefit patients. This impressive position on an international list is a reminder of the high level we have achieved, and that we will continue to safeguard,” said Liselotte Højgaard.
“However, a good measure of humility is also important regarding international rankings, because we may well have a very different placing in future listings,” stressed Professor Liselotte Højgaard.