Bascom Palmer Tops Ophthalmology Hospital Rankings Again

Diana Phillips

July 22, 2015

The top hospitals for ophthalmology in this year's US News and World Report "Best Hospitals" ranking held on to their berths from last year: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, Wills Eye Hospital of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital were once again ranked first, second, and third, respectively, for difficult cases and procedures by at least 5% of the ophthalmology specialists who responded to US News Surveys in 2015.

In all, 13 hospitals were recognized for excellence in this year's ranking, published online July 21 and appearing in print in the US News "Best Hospitals 2016" guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands in August 2015. Of the 13 hospitals, 12 were also among the top-ranked hospitals for ophthalmology care in 2014. New to this year's list is Emory University Hospital, which is ranked 12th for its ophthalmology care.

The ophthalmology rankings are based exclusively on reputation scores. Miami, Florida–based Bascom Palmer Eye Institute leads the pack, with a reputation score of 66.7%. In the most recent year reported, the 58-bed eye, ear, nose, and throat facility had 115 admissions. Its specialists performed 120 inpatient and 13,130 outpatient surgeries, and its emergency room recorded 16,673 visits last year.

Wills Eye Hospital, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a reputation score of 58.5%. Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, also has a "very strong" reputation, according to the organization's score card, with a 56.3% reputation score.

In fourth and fifth place, respectively, this year for ophthalmology are the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (32.5%) of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and the Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes (27.6%) of the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, both of which were similarly ranked in 2014.

In addition to the ranked hospitals, 22 hospitals were nominated for recognition by one or more physicians.

In total, US News & World Report rankings cover nearly 5000 medical centers and 16 medical specialties in the United States. The top three hospitals overall in this year's ranking are Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which displaced the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, which topped the list last year. The Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore tied for second on this year's list.

The top 13 ophthalmology hospitals were

  1. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, Miami, Florida

  2. Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  3. Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

  4. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

  5. Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes, UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California

  6. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

  7. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City

  8. Duke University Hospital Durham, North Carolina

  9. USC Eye Institute-Keck Medical Center of USC, Los Angeles, California

  10. W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  11. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York City

  12. Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

  13. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri


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