Mayo Clinic Tops Ranking of Neurology, Neurosurgery Hospitals

Nancy A. Melville

July 22, 2015

US News & World Report has issued its annual ranking of the top 10 neurology and neurosurgery hospitals in the United States, with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, holding on to its number one ranking from 2014.

The top hospitals are among 1359 neurology and neurosurgery centers nationwide included in the ranking. For inclusion, hospitals must have treated at least 322 neurology or neurosurgery patients in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Ranked in second place is Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, rising from fourth place last year, followed by Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, holding on to its spot as the third ranked from 2014.

Rounding out the top five are the University of California–San Francisco Medical Center and New York–Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York City, dropping from second place last year to fifth.

The rankings are based on a scorecard including factors of reputation with specialists, patient survival rates, safety and volume, nursing intensity, and Nurse Magnet recognition. Additional factors include having an accredited epilepsy and Alzheimer's center, advanced technologies, a trauma center, and at least one intensivist on staff.

The full list of the top 10 hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

  2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

  4. University of California–San Francisco Medical Center

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

  6. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston

  7. University of California–Los Angeles Medical Center

  8. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

  9. New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City

  10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

Mass General ranked number one in the annual "honor roll" of best hospitals this year. The honor roll identifies hospitals "that excel in treating the most difficult cases," according to the magazine. To appear on the list, hospitals must rank at or near the top in at least 6 of 16 medical and surgical specialties. It also topped the list in 2012 and placed second in both 2013 and 2014.

The Mayo Clinic slipped from first place to second place in this year's honor roll rating. Tied for third were Johns Hopkins Hospital and UCLA Medical Center.

The annual US News list, launched in 1990, is not the only hospital ranking available to consumers. They also can turn to scorecards from Consumer Reports magazine, the Leapfrog Group, and HealthGrades. Each group uses different rating methods and comes up, unsurprisingly, with different pecking orders. US News is the only organization that factors in a hospital's reputation, which some patient safety experts say is not a good measure of high-quality care.

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