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The University of Utah medical establishment has garnered two important awards: One of its professors carried off a top award from the National Board of Medical Examiners, while the U. Hospital was recognized as one of the country's best hospitals.

Dr. John W. Williamson, U. professor of internal medicine and a director of regional medical education at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, is the 1993 recipient of the national board's John P. Hubbard Award.A spokeswoman for the board, based in Philadelphia, told the Deseret News that this is a very prestigious award. It was awarded in March, she said.

Williamson is a member of the National Task Force on Health Care Reform, led by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He was one of the architects of the Netherlands' model for improving medical quality, which is used throughout the world.

For the field of medical education, the Hubbard award is comparable to winning a Pulitzer Prize, said Walter Stevens, dean of the U. School of Medicine.

"His (Williamson's) contributions to the board that certifies medical students and future physicians . . . is without parallel. A major element in his work is to increase awareness of the need for more primary-care physicians and to communicate this need to medical students, residents and practitioners considering their future career focus," Stevens said.

Meanwhile, the magazine U.S. News & World Report named the U. Hospital 39th for gynecology and 30th for orthopedics. A magazine spokeswoman confirmed that National Opinion Research Center examined the nation's 1,488 tertiary care centers and evaluated them in a number of areas.

The U. Hospital's ranking puts it in the top 3 percent in these areas.

Among areas evaluated are the ratio of registered nurses, residents and board-certified physicians to the number of beds; ratio of inpatient operations to number of beds; planning for discharging patients; ratio of registered nurses to licensed practical nurses; community service; geriatric services; and death rates.

The ranking was in the July 12 issue of U.S. News & World Report.