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Annual ‘Best Hospitals’ Rankings Released

Johns Hopkins returns to No. 1 spot (July 16)

U.S. News & World Report has released its 24th annual Best Hospitals rankings, recognizing hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care.

Johns Hopkins Hospital reclaimed the #1 spot on the Honor Roll, a position it held from 1991 through 2011 but lost last year to Massachusetts General Hospital. Mass General ranked second this year and the Mayo Clinic third.

U.S. News ranks up to 50 hospitals in each of 16 medical specialties. Only 147 out of nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals earned national ranking in one or more of the specialties. They include:

  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston (#1 in cancer)
  • The Cleveland Clinic (#1 in cardiology and heart surgery)
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore (#1 in neurology and neurosurgery)
  • The Hospital for Special Surgery, New York (#1 in orthopedics)

U.S. News has also updated its regional rankings, which highlight high-performing hospitals in each state and in nearly 100 metro areas. These include the New York metro area, where New York–Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell ranked #1 of 55 recognized hospitals; the Chicago area, where Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranked #1 of 36; and the Los Angeles area, where UCLA Medical Center ranked #1 of 32.

These rankings are designed to help patients and their families identify the best places to seek high-quality care within their community and health insurance network. They also offer options for consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise or resources found at nationally ranked Best Hospitals.

U.S. News separately published the Best Children's Hospitals 2013–2014 rankings last month.

Complete rankings of Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals are available online and will appear in print in the Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available on newsstands August 27.

Source: U.S. News & World Report; July 16, 2013 .

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