A 'Three-Peat': Mayo Clinic Again Ranked Tops in Neurology, Neurosurgery Hospitals

Deborah Brauser

August 02, 2016

For the third year in a row, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been given the number 1 spot in the US News & World Report annual rankings of the best neurology and neurosurgery hospitals in the United States, the publication announced earlier today.

Each year, more than 1300 centers in this specialty category are evaluated on such issues as number of high-risk patients discharged, nurse staffing, patient survival, and advanced technologies.

Mayo received a 100 out of 100 overall score, a 5 out of 5 safety score, and a 9 out of 9 score for providing patient services, such as an Alzheimer's center and hospice program.

The Clinic also regained its top ranking in the US News 2016 Honor Roll of the 20 best overall hospitals. It held this same spot in 2014 before dropping to number 2 in 2015.

The Honor Roll's top hospitals must show superior overall performance, as well as excellence in several clinical specialities, conditions, and procedures. The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are ranked second and third on this listing, respectively.

As for the ranking of best neurology and neurosurgery-specific centers, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, bumped up from the number 3 position last year to number 2 this year, and New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell rose from number 5 last year to number 3 this year.

Massachusetts General Hospital was ranked second last year but slipped to fourth. The University of California-San Francisco Medical Center rounds out this year's top 5.

Here's the entire list of top 10 neurology and neurosurgery hospitals for 2016–2017:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

  2. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

  3. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York City

  4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

  5. University of California-San Francisco Medical Center

  6. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

  7. NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City

  8. University of California-Los Angeles Medical Center

  9. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

  10. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston was ranked number 6 last year on the neurology-focused report but just fell out of the top 10 this year, landing in the number 11 spot.

All of the listed hospitals had at least 261 "challenging" Medicare inpatients who received specialty-related procedures and diagnoses in the years 2012 to 2014. Mayo Clinic received a "very high" score, with 4160 total discharges.

27 Years of Hospital Rankings

This marks the 27th year for the magazine's annual hospital rankings, which were created to "help patients make more informed health care decisions," according to a release. They evaluated 4667 community hospitals and ranked 12 specialties, including neurology, "mostly by data."

Among those specialties, Cleveland Clinic was once again named tops in cardiology and heart surgery (for the 22nd year in a row) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centers ranked first in cancer treatment.

Four additional specialities (psychiatry, ophthalmology, rheumatology, and rehabilitation) were scored on reputation alone, as measured in the last three annual surveys by physicians.

Details about all of the new rankings are available online and will be published in print form in the magazine's "Best Hospitals 2017" guidebook.

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