July 17, 2012 — Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has bumped Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, from the number 1 spot it has held since 1991 in the annual list of best hospitals compiled by US News & World Report.
But not by much. Both hospitals this year amassed 30 "honor roll" points in the magazine's scoring system, but Massachusetts General was highly ranked in 16 specialties compared with 15 specialties for Johns Hopkins, which came in a close second in the 2012 ranking, published online today.
Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter Slavin, MD, called the first-place finish a tribute to the hospital's staff of 23,000. David Torchiana, MD, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, agreed, but put the honor in perspective.
"Our competition is not other hospitals," Dr. Torchiana said in a press release. "Rather our competition is disease, health care costs, accessibility of services, and social issues such as poverty, violence, and substance abuse that affect the well-being of the community."
To compile its honor roll, US News & World Report ranked eligible hospitals in 16 specialties. In 12 of them, the magazine relied mostly on hard data such as survival rates and nurse staffing levels. For ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology, however, hospitals were judged solely by their reputation among specialists in those fields.
Hospitals made the honor roll by ranking at or near the top in at least 6 specialties.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
Ronald Reagan University of California–Los Angeles Medical Center
Barnes–Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
New York–Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York City
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
UMPC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania
New York University Langone Medical Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
University of California–San Francisco Medical Center
Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Indiana University Health, Indianapolis
University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
Data reprinted with permission from US News & World Report.
The specialty rankings for 2012 replicate those for last year, with the exception of geriatrics, nephrology, and urology, where first place changed hands.
Cancer: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
Cardiology and Heart Surgery: Cleveland Clinic
Diabetes and Endocrinology: Mayo Clinic
Ear, Nose, and Throat: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Gastroenterology: Mayo Clinic
Geriatrics: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Gynecology: Mayo Clinic
Nephrology: Cleveland Clinic
Neurology and Neurosurgery: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Ophthalmology: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, Florida
Orthopaedics: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City
Psychiatry: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pulmonology: National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado/University of Colorado Hospital, Denver
Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Rheumatology: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Urology: Cleveland Clinic
Of the nation's nearly 4800 community hospitals, almost 1900 met the magazine's eligibility requirements for the specialty rankings. Hospitals made the first cut if they were affiliated with a medical school, belonged to the Council of Teaching Hospitals, staffed at least 200 beds, or fielded at least 4 of 8 key technologies such as full-field digital mammography while staffing at least 100 beds. To make the second and final cut, hospitals needed a minimum number of patient discharges involving complex care in at least 1 of the 12 specialties in which performance was graded primarily on the basis of hard data.
The full list of top hospitals by specialty is available on the US News & World Report Web site.
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