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Johns Hopkins Hospital dethroned in U.S. News’ ‘Best Hospital’ list

After 21 straight years of sitting pretty in the No. 1 spot on U.S. News’ “America’s Best Hospitals” report, Johns Hopkins Hospital was dethroned by another prominent medical center. 

Taking Hopkins’ place for the first time ever is Massachusetts General.

For the 2012-13 rankings, U.S. News evaluated 4,793 hospitals nationwide across 16 medical specialties. Of those facilities, 148 scored high enough to be included in the rankings.

However, 17 hospitals — most of which you know by name — earned places on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. These hospitals scored near the top in at least six of the 16 medical specialties and represent about 0.4% of the 4,793 hospitals evaluated.

Scoring method

Twelve of the specialty rankings were mainly driven by objective data from the federal government on a number of important measures, such as mortality rates, nurse-patient ratios and procedure volume.

The report explained that these rankings were also based on a survey of physicians. The physicians are asked to name facilities they consider to be tops in their specialty. This survey then produces a reputation score which is factored into the overall rating.

To even be considered in any of the 12 data-dependent specialties, hospitals had to satisfy one of four criteria:

  • Be a teaching hospital
  • Be affiliated with a medical school
  • Have at least 200 beds, or
  • Have at least 100 beds and offer at least four of eight specific medical technologies.

After clearing one of the above hurdles, they also had to meet specific volume requirements in a particular specialty to be eligible. Facilities that failed to do so, but got nominated by at least 1% of the physicians in a specialty who responded to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 reputation surveys, were still considered.

The other four specialty rankings — ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology — were based solely on their reputation among specialists.

Reason: Most of the facilities in these four specialties provide outpatient-based care, so statistics such as mortality rate would mean very little compared to the facilities in the other 12 specialties where it weighs heavily.

Top 10 best hospitals

Drum roll, please!

The hospitals that ranked in the top 10 are:

  1. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  2. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  4. Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
  5. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  6. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
  7. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
  8. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  10. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh

Congratulations to all the hospitals who made the list.

To see the complete rankings, click here.

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