Mayo Clinic Keeps Top Spot for Diabetes in US News Rankings

Lisa Nainggolan and Robert Lowes

July 17, 2013

The Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, is the top institution for diabetes and endocrinology in the US, according to the annual honor roll of best hospitals compiled by US News & World Report. The Mayo Clinic, which has retained its status at the top for diabetes and endocrinology, has also stolen the number-one spot this year for nephrology.

The annual ranking of hospitals is based on 16 specialties; the magazine said it created its rankings "to identify the best medical centers for the most difficult patients." Overall, the number-one position was taken by Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, as reported by Medscape Medical News yesterday. Johns Hopkins comes in at number 4 in the top 10 for diabetes and endocrinology.

US News & World Report prepares a separate report for best children's hospitals. For diabetes and endocrinology the top 3 were: Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pennsylvania.

Top 4 Similar for Diabetes and Specialties Overall

In fact, for adults, the top 4 hospitals overall and the top 4 in diabetes and endocrinology are very similar, with just a slightly different ordering. For the latter, the Mayo Clinic is followed by the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. For all the specialties together, Massachusetts General is number 2, the Mayo Clinic is number 3, and the Cleveland Clinic comes in at 4.

There are 2 hospitals that feature in the top 10 for adults for diabetes and endocrinology that don't make the same cut for all the specialties overall, however. These are Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, at number 6 and University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, at number 8.

And a couple of institutions hold the same ranking for diabetes and endocrinology and all the specialties together, namely New-York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, at number 7, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, at number 9.

US News & World Report Top 10 Hospitals for Diabetes and Endocrinology

1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

2. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

3. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

4. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

5. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

6. Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven

7. New York–Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York City

8. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle

9. (tied) Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

The 16 specialties covered in the overall adult hospital honor roll are cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose, and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; pulmonology; rehabilitation; rheumatology; and urology.

Hospitals amass honor-roll points based on the individual specialty rankings. In 12 of the 16 specialties — including diabetes and endocrinology — measurable performance in terms of quality of care, safety, and mortality accounts for two thirds of a hospital's score. For the remaining 4 specialties — ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology — hospitals are judged solely by their reputations.

To make the overall honor roll, a medical center has to rank at or near the top in at least 6 specialties included in the rankings; those institutions included are part of an elite group, recognized for "breadth of excellence," according to the magazine.

Mayo Clinic notes that it "ranked in the top 5 in 14 specialties of the 16 specialties." And it "landed a ranking of number 1 or 2 in 10 of the 12 specialties that are measured based on reputation, services and volumes, and safety and clinical outcomes." As well as diabetes and endocrinology and nephrology, Mayo Clinic topped the tables for gastroenterology, gynecology, and pulmonology.

The full list of top hospitals by specialty is available on the US News & World Report Web site, and the rankings for diabetes and endocrinology can be seen here.

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