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Johns Hopkins is again No. 1 on U.S. News’ Best Hospitals List

Recently, we highlighted which children’s hospitals are the best, according to  U.S. News & World Report. Now find out which hospitals were awarded the honors of being included in US News‘ “America’s Best Hospitals” list.


For the 2013-14 rankings, U.S. News evaluated 4,806 U.S. medical centers across 16 medical specialties. Of those facilities, 147 scored high enough to be included in the rankings.

However, to make the coveted Honor Roll list, a hospital had to score near the top in at least six out of 16 medical specialties.

So after all was said and done, one facility reclaimed the title as the country’s best — Johns Hopkins Hospital.

After spending 21 years as the top dog in the industry, Johns Hopkins was dethroned last year by Massachusetts General Hospital. But now the Baltimore facility is back on top.

Ranking methodology

U.S. News bases the rankings mostly on performance measures that can be weighed by hard data. For example 12 of the 16 specialties are based mostly on performance categories that can be weighed with hard data, such as death rates for the most demanding cases and patient safety. Those specialties are:

  • cancer
  • cardiology and heart surgery
  • diabetes and endocrinology
  • ears, nose and throat
  • gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • geriatrics
  • gynecology
  • nephrology
  • neurology and neurosurgery
  • ophthalmology
  • orthopedics
  • pulmonology, and
  • urology.

But it also takes into consideration the hospitals’ reputations, which is determined by a survey of physician specialists, who are asked to name hospitals they consider the best in their specialty for difficult cases.

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 plus availability of four or more specific types of medical technology, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precise radiation therapies.

The other four specialties (ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology), according to the report, are ranked solely by reputation based on the three most recent annual physician surveys.

In addition, hospitals also had to prove they treated a certain volume of patients to be eligible for specialty ranking, and the required volume varied by specialty.

Top 10  honor roll hospitals

Now for what you’ve all been waiting for — the hospitals that made the honor roll:

1. Johns Hopkins Hospital: 30 points, 15 specialties

2. Massachusetts General Hospital: 29 points, 16 specialties

3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester: 29 points, 15 specialties

4. Cleveland Clinic: 27 points, 14 specialties

5. UCLA Medical Center: 19 points, 13 specialties

6. Northwestern Memorial Hospital: 17 points, 12 specialties

7. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, N.Y: 17 points, 10 specialties

7. UCSF Medical Center: 17 points, 10 specialties

9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 16 points, 10 specialties

10. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: 15 points, 10 specialties

Top hospital by specialty

Facilities ranked the best by specialty are:

For the top three hospitals in each specialty, click here.

Congratulations to all the hospitals that made the cut this year.

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    Patti J. Ryan