Once Again Mayo Clinic Takes Top Spot as Best Neurology Hospital

Deborah Brauser

August 21, 2018

In addition to claiming the number 1 spot for the third consecutive year in US News & World Report's 2018-2019 annual honor roll of best overall hospitals, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has also been named as the best adult neurology and neurosurgery hospital for the fifth year in a row.

More than 1200 centers in this specialty are evaluated each year based on a number of factors, including patient survival and safety, nurse staffing, and expert opinion.

Mayo received a 100 out of 100 overall score; a 5 out of 5 score on providing advanced technologies, such as diagnostic radioisotope services and image-guided radiation therapy; and a 10 out of 10 score for 30-day survival after being admitted compared with other hospitals treating similarly complex conditions.

It was also commended for an "excellent" ratio of 2.8 nurse staffing per patient and for having a "very high" number of 5123 discharges over 3 years for high-risk patients treated for neurology-related disorders. "Higher volume is associated with better outcomes," notes the magazine.

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, achieved a "three-peat," with a number 2 ranking on the magazine's list for the third year in a row. It had an overall score of 95.7 out of 100.

In addition, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, each bumped up two places to numbers 3 and 4 on the list, respectively. Rounding out the top 5 is New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York City, which slipped one place from last year's ranking.

Here's the full list of top 10 neurology and neurosurgery hospitals for 2018-2019:

1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
3. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California
4. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
5. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York City
6. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
7. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, Missouri
8. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
9. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
10. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center

All of these hospitals were in the top 10 last year, except for UCLA Medical Center, which was then ranked number 11. Last year's number 10, NYU Langone Hospitals in New York City, slipped to number 12 this year. 

The hospitals must have had at least 237 "challenging" Medicare inpatients who received specialty-related procedures and diagnoses in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The magazine lists the top 50 adult neurology and neurosurgery hospitals in full on its website.

In addition to Mayo Clinic, the top three overall hospitals for this year were rounded out by the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital at numbers 2 and 3, respectively.

More information on this year's best hospital report, including data on other specialties, is available on the magazine's website.  

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