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The independent specialist newspaper of healthcare sector news ”Dagens Medicin” appoints Aarhus University Hospital (AUH) as the Best Danish Hospital 2024.

It is the 15th time AUH has placed first in the newspaper's yearly competition that compares the quality of different Danish hospitals.

AUH wins the category "large hospitals" which includes the four largest hospitals in Denmark. This year, AUH also has the highest overall patient satisfaction rating and has beennamed best hospital within the cardio-vascular and oncology treatment areas.

Out of all the treatment areas measured by Dagens Medicin, AUH was ranked first place most frequently amongst the four large Danish hospitals.

Congratulations to AUH

Anders Kühnau, Chairman of the Regional Council in Central Denmark Region is impressed that AUH is yet again appointed Denmark’s best hospital.

- Congratulations to Aarhus University Hospital who, with this award, cements its position as Denmark's Best Hospital for the 15th time.

- It does not surprise me that AUH's committed employees are doing well and they deserve all the honour and glory this award brings. Especially in a time where some may have had a different impression of the hospital from listening to radio and television.

- With 11 first places and awards such as Denmark's best in cardiovascular treatments, Denmark's best at cancer treatment and finally Denmark's Best (large) Hospital, the employees prove that there is much more to the story of AUH and the employees´ dedicated and skilled treatment of patients in the Central Jutland region, says the chairman.

High quality treatment

Medical director at AUH, Michael Braüner Schmidt, is proud of this year's award and very happy on behalf of the patients:

- The fact that AUH has been named Denmark's best hospital yet again, and earlier this week was placed high in international rankings, is recognition of the many talented employees who deliver the absolute best to our patients every day. Placed first in no less than 11 treatment areas such as cardiovascular surgery, cancer treatment, arthritis and diseases of the brain illustrates that we are a complete hospital operating at the very highest level, says Michael Braüner Schmidt and continues:

- The rating shows that our patients can be both safe and certain that the medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and care they receive from us is of top expert standard. When we compare ourselves internationally, the picture is the same, as Newsweek has just published, AUH is number 23 on the list of 2,400 hospitals in 30 countries. It makes me extremely happy on behalf of the patients.

He adds:

- 2023 has been a turbulent year for AUH due to the very unfortunate case of exceeded waiting times for some bowel cancer patients who waited too long for treatment. From this we have learned a lot.

- At the same time, it is important to remember that the quality of the treatments at AUH is very high. Today’s appointment as Denmark´s Best Hospital helps to emphasize this due to the independent nature of the evaluation of nationwide quality data the decision is based on, says Michael Braüner Schmidt.

Dagens Medicin explains the data behind the results

AUH scored 95.8 index points out of a possible 100 in the criteria treatment quality, which accounts for 90 percent of the entire evaluation for this year's overall rating. AUH scored 100 out of a possible 100 in patient satisfaction which accounts for 10 percent of this year's award. Overall, this resulted in a score of 96.2.

- After winning best hospital for cardiovascular treatments and also oncology, it is not surprising that AUH has now also been voted Denmark's Best Large Hospital across a total evaluation of 48 treatment areas.

- This year the winning score of 96.2 is relatively superior to the contesters. AUH participated in 44 treatment areas this year and won 11. This also makes AUH the hospital with the most winning areas, ahead of Odense University Hospital with 10.

- Our annual ranking of Denmark's Best Hospitals is based on clinical quality data primarily from 2022 and 2023, which the hospitals themselves report, and 'The Nationwide Survey of Patient Experiences', says Asser H.J. Pelle, editor-in-chief of Dagens Medicin.