U.S. News releases ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ and 'Honor Roll' report

U.S. News releases has released its 20th annual 'America's Best Hospitals' report, a ranking of the country's best medical centers, ranking Johns Hopkins Hospital first among the nation’s top hospitals for the 19th consecutive year.


In the Best Hospitals report, 12 of the 16 specialties, those in which quality of care can spell life or death, hospitals were scored on reputation, death rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services; the 50 highest scorers were ranked. Scores and complete data for unranked hospitals are available as well. In the other four specialties—ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology—hospitals were ranked on reputation alone, because so few patients die that mortality data don't mean much.


The 2009-10 Best Hospitals guide also includes a web video series on USNews.com where visitors can watch HealthiNation Chief Medical Editor Dr. Holly Atkinson interview Comarow and Dr. Bernadine Healy, U.S. News health editor, to capture their expertise and insight into the Best Hospitals ranking process. The videos take viewers behind the scenes of the rigorous selection process, include profiles of top winners across categories, and reveal what it takes for a hospital to be named one of "America's Best."


U.S. News also assembled an Honor Roll recognizing 21 facilities that achieved high scores in at least six specialties. The Honor Roll institutions are listed below. To view a full list of the rankings, please visit www.usnews.com.


•1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

•2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

•3. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

•4. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

•5. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

•6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell

•7. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

•8. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

•9. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis

•10. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

•11. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

•12. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle

•13. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

•14. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor

•15. Stanford Hospital and Clinics, California

•16. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

•17. New York University Medical Center

•18. Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.

•19. Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York

•20. Methodist Hospital, Houston

•21. Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus


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(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, July 17, 2009; U.S. News and World Report, http://usnews.com, accessed July 20, 2009)