Mayo, Cleveland Clinic Again Lead US News Top Hospitals List

Megan Brooks

August 14, 2018

For the third consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, claimed the number one spot in the annual honor roll of best hospitals published by US News and World Report.

The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio holds the number two spot (again this year) in the annual honor roll, which highlights hospitals delivering "exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care," according to a US News release.

The number three and four spots are also repeats from last year. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, holds the number three spot and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston holds the number four spot.

The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, is number five on this year's ranking, up from number six in last year's ranking, while UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California, ranks sixth this year, down from the number five spot last year.

Rounding out the top 10 are UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California; and New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York.

2018-2019 Best Hospitals Honor Roll

1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
5. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
6. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California
7. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
8. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
9. Stanford Health Care–Stanford Hospital, California
10. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York City
11. (tie) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
11. (tie) Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona
13. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
14. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania–Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia
15. (tie) NYU Langone Hospital, New York City
15. (tie) UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
17. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
18. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
19. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
20. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts


"For nearly three decades, US News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide," Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at the magazine, said in a statement. "By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties."

The US News Best Hospitals methods "are based largely or entirely on objective measures," according to the release, such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. Prominent changes to the 2018-2019 rankings methodology include more emphasis on patient outcomes and patient experience measures. 

The 2018-19 rankings compared more than 4500 hospitals across 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. This year, a total of 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. More than 1100 hospitals were rated high performing in at least one common procedure or condition, and 29 received a high-performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions evaluated.

In the 2018-2019 Best Hospitals: Specialty Rankings, as was the case for the prior 2 years,  the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center holds the number one spot in cancer, the Cleveland Clinic is number one in cardiology and heart surgery, and the Hospital for Special Surgery is number one in orthopedics.

Top Five for Cancer

1. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
2. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City
3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
4. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston. Massachusetts
5. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio


Top Five for Cardiology and Heart Surgery

1. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
3. Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, California
4. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York City
5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston


Top Five for Orthopedics

1. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
3. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
4. (tie) Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4. (tie) Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois


The full report is available online.

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