Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/07/06 (no weblink available) The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston ranked within the top 50 of U.S. hospitals in two categories in the annual U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals” listing. Out of 5,189 hospitals evaluated, UTMB hospitals were listed 27th in treating problems with the ear, nose and throat, and 50th in treating kidney disease. The list will appear in the U.S. News & World Report issue that hits newsstands Monday. UTMB was one of the 176 hospitals ranked this year using a formula that considers such criteria as reputation, mortality, death rate and a mix of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.