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New facility takes No. 1 spot on U.S. News’ Best Hospitals List

452601303This year the honor of being No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report‘s ‘Best Hospitals’ list doesn’t go to Johns Hopkins, which held the title for 22 out of the past 23 years. Nor does it go to Massachusetts General which dethroned Johns Hopkins in the 2012-13 ranking. 

The distinction of being No. 1 this year goes to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

For the 2014-15 rankings, U.S. News evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals and sifted through survey results from more than 9,500 physician across 16 adult specialties. Of those facilities, 144 were nationally ranked in a specialty. As for the Best Hospitals Honor Roll, 17 hospitals earned a spot on that list which isn’t easy. To do it, hospitals have to score near the top in at least six of the 16 specialties.

Scoring methodology

The ranking of the hospitals is based on an analysis of performance measures in three healthcare dimensions (structure, process, outcomes) for 12 of the following 16 specialties:

  • 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
  • psychiatry
  • rehabilitation
  • rheumatology, and
  • urology.

The final four specialties (ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology) are based on hospital reputation as determined by physician surveys. Data for most of the structural measures is from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey. However, additional resources are used, such as the National Cancer Institute’s list of designated cancer centers. 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 beds as well as four or have at least 100 beds as well four or more medical technologies out of eight deemed significant for a specific patient populations.

In addition, hospitals also had to prove they meet a specialty-dependent volume/discharge threshold. Reason: Setting discharge minimums ensures that hospitals have proven experience in treating a set number of complex cases in a given specialty. For more information on the scoring methodology, click here.

Top 10 honor roll hospitals

The hospital rankings were developed to help consumers determine per specialty, which hospitals provide the top quality care for the most serious/complicated medical conditions and procedures.

So with no further delay, here are the top 10 honor roll hospitals:

  1. Mayo Clinic: 29 points, 15 specialties
  2. Massachusetts General Hospital: 28 points, 15 specialties
  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital: 26 points, 15 points
  4. Cleveland Clinic: 26 points, 14 specialties
  5. UCLA Medical Center: 23 points, 15 specialties
  6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell: 22 points, 12 specialties
  7. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian: 19 points, 11 specialties
  8. UCSF Medical Center: 17 points, 10 specialties
  9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital: 15 points, 10 specialties
  10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital: 13 points, 10 specialties

To see which hospitals ranked as “the best” per specialty, click here.

  • Not surprising Mayo Clinic is at top spot in 2014. They are doing some excellent work in patient safety, reaearch and innovation. But its likely Johns Hopkins will regain its top position in 2016. Hoping to see USC Hospital on this list soon

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