US News Releases Latest Top Hospitals List

Megan Brooks

July 30, 2019

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

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston holds the number two spot this year (up from number four last year) in the magazine's annual honor roll, which highlights hospitals delivering "exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care."

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, holds the number three spot again this year, while the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio falls two spots from number two to number four on the list.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia and Cornell in New York City made the biggest jump this year, grabbing the number five spot on the ranking, up from number 10 in last year's ranking. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles and UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco flipped positions this year, with UCLA at number six and UCSF at number seven.

Rounding out the top 10 (in order) are Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; NYU Langone Hospitals, New York City; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. 

2019–2020 Best Hospitals Honor Roll

1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

4. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

5. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia and Cornell, New York City

6. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

7. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

8. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

9. NYU Langone Hospitals, New York, New York City

10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

11. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor

12. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, California

13. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston

14. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City

15. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh

16. Keck Hospital of USC, Los Angeles

17. University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison

18. (tie) Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia

18. (tie) Mayo Clinic-Phoenix

20. (tie) Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas

20. (tie) Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut

New Methodology

"In the three decades since US News began evaluating hospitals, we periodically have revamped our measures to enhance the decision support our rankings and ratings provide to patients," Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at the magazine, said in a statement. "This year we revised the methodology to incorporate new measures of patient-centered care and to enhance how we account for differences in hospitals' patient populations. The new model provides a more comprehensive assessment that is useful to patients, families, and their medical professionals."

Due to the changes in methodology this year, US News advises against making comparisons to past numerical ranks.

The 2019–2020 rankings compared more than 4500 hospitals across 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. This year, 165 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty (compared to 158 last year) and 569 hospitals were ranked among the best regional hospitals in a state or metro area based on their performance in delivering complex and common care.

In the 2019–2020 Best Hospitals: Specialty Rankings, as was the case for the prior 3 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 Cardiology and Heart Surgery

1. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

3. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

4. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia and Cornell, New York City

5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

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. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

5. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Top Five for Orthopedics

1. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City

2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

3. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

4. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California

5. NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, New York City

The full report is available online.

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