Cleveland Clinic Remains Top Cardiology/Heart Surgery Hospital

Megan Brooks

August 14, 2018

Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is once again the top US hospital for cardiology and heart surgery, according to US News & World Report latest rankings released today.

The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, once again holds the number two spot, while Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, California, takes the number three spot from New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, which has fallen to number four in the latest annual honor roll. The rankings highlight hospitals delivering "exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care," the magazine says.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston continues to hold the number five spot, while Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia, has taken the number six spot from Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, which has fallen out of the top 10 and now holds the number 11 spot.

Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is also a newcomer this year to the top 10 hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery.

US News & World Report Top 20 Cardiology and Heart-Surgery Hospitals

1. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
3. Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, California
4. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City
5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
6. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia
7. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
8. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
9. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
10. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
11. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
12. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, Missouri
13. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, California
14. Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas
15. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
16. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
17. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
18. University of Alabama at Birmingham
19. Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minnesota
20. Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, New Jersey


Overall, across all specialties, US News named Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota as the top hospital on the honor roll, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

The methodology for the US News annual rankings is largely based on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators, the magazine notes. Prominent changes to the 2018-2019 rankings method include more emphasis on patient outcomes and patient experience measures.

The 2018-2019 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.

"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."

In addition, the magazine recognized the Best Regional Hospitals in more than 200 metropolitan areas and regions across the United States, ranking them based on their performance in both complex specialty care and common procedures and conditions.

The rankings are produced by US News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

More information on the US News best hospital report is available on the magazine's website.

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