US News & World Report just released its annual Best Hospitals rankings, which cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and also rank 16 medical specialties. For the first time, the Mayo Clinic takes the top spot as the nation’s best hospital followed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital, which had its 21-year first place streak broken in 2012.
USN&WR uses a combination of factors to determine rankings including a reputation survey completed by physicians; death rates for patients who represent especially challenging cases; patient safety and other measures of performance that can be assessed using hard data.
“With an estimated 400,000 deaths occurring in hospitals each year from medical errors, measuring safety performance is critical to understanding how well a hospital cares for its patients,” U.S. News health rankings editor Avery Comarow told CNN.
The 2014-15 Honor Roll includes:
1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2. Massachusetts General, Boston
3. Johns Hopkins, Baltimore
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
6. NY-Presbyterian, New York
7. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
8. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
10. Northwestern Memorial, Chicago
Top ranked hospitals by specialty include:
Cancer: Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York
Cardio: Cleveland Clinic
ENT: Mayo Clinic
Gynecology: Mayo Clinic
Orthopedics: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
Psychiatry: Mass. General
Rheumatology: Johns Hopkins
Urology: Cleveland Clinic
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