US News Releases Latest Top Hospitals List, Adds COVID Heroes

Megan Brooks

July 28, 2020

For the fifth 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.

This year's rankings include special recognition of the "herculean efforts" by the nation's healthcare professionals in fighting COVID-19, often at great personal risk.

"The US News Hospital Heroes series is a cornerstone of this year's rankings package, profiling more than 65 health care heroes from across the country, along with commentary from top executives at hospitals who faced the pandemic head on," a news release from the magazine explains.

"The pandemic has altered, perhaps permanently, how patients get care and from whom they get it. Amid the disruption, we are steadfastly committed to providing the public with authoritative data for comparing hospital quality," Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at US News, said in the release.

"No hospital's clinical team came through this unprecedented health crisis unscathed. Our Hospital Heroes series is a tribute to recognizing individuals at urban and rural hospitals in communities across the country who have gone above and beyond during this unparalleled time in history," said Harder.

Mayo Clinic Still Number One

Following Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio takes the number two spot this year (up from number four last year) in the magazine's annual honor roll, which highlights hospitals that deliver "exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care."

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, holds the number three spot, while NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital–Columbia and Cornell in New York City and UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, tie for the number four spot.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which held the number two spot last year, has fallen to number six. Rounding out the top 10, in order, are Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco; NYU Langone Hospitals, New York City; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.

2020–2021 Best Hospitals Honor Roll

1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

2. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

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

4. (tie) UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

6. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

7. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, San Francisco

8. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

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

10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

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

12. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston

13. Stanford Health Care–Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, California

14. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City

15. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania–Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia

16. Mayo Clinic–Phoenix

17. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

18. (tie) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis

18. (tie) Keck Hospital of USC, Los Angeles

20. Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas

In the 2020–2021 Best Hospitals: Specialty Rankings, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center continues to hold the number one spot in cancer, the Hospital for Special Surgery is number one in orthopedics, and the Cleveland Clinic is number one in cardiology and heart surgery.

For this year's rankings, US News developed a new cardiac rating that measures the quality of hospitals' transcatheter aortic valve replacement, which is rapidly being adopted as a minimally invasive alternative to aortic valve surgery.

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. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

 

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, NYC

5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

 

Top Five for Orthopedics

1. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City

2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

3. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

4. NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, New York City

5. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

For the 2020–2021 rankings and ratings, US News compared more than 4500 medical centers across the country in 16 specialties and 10 procedures and conditions. Of these, 563 were recognized as Best Regional Hospitals on the basis of their strong performance in multiple areas of care. The top 20 hospitals, which deliver exceptional treatment across many areas of care, were also named to the honor roll.

The magazine notes that data for the 2020–2021 Best Hospitals rankings and ratings come from a period predating the COVID-19 pandemic and were not affected by the pandemic's impact on hospitals. The methodologies are based largely on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

The full report on hospital ranking is available online.

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