Last year’s top hospital and a household name — the Mayo Clinic — remains among the top of the medical field, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest annual Best Hospitals in the USA rankings.
The publication says the Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic and last year’s runner-up, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, are still among the best of the best.
However, this year, the top 22 hospitals overall are not ranked in order, but listed alphabetically. Within each specialty, however, numbered ranks are still assigned.
The Best Hospitals in the USA rankings — the 34th that U.S. News has released — span 15 adult specialties and 21 surgical procedures and medical conditions. U.S. News says it evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals across the nation.
According to the publication:
“The Best Hospitals Specialty rankings methodology and Procedures & Conditions ratings methodology factor objective measures such as risk-adjusted mortality rates, patient experience, level of nursing care and how successfully each hospital helps patients get back home.”
The list of Best Hospitals in the USA is important because patients of all kinds want to find the top specialty treatments available. Whether someone is in search of cancer treatment or heart surgery, having a ranked list of the top hospitals can bring peace of mind during difficult times.
Of the hospitals included in U.S. News’ analysis, 22 made what the publication calls its “Best Hospitals Honor Roll.” U.S. News says the following hospitals “are among the best of the Best Hospitals”:
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
- Cleveland Clinic
- Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia
- Houston Methodist Hospital
- Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
- Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York City
- North Shore University Hospital at Northwell Health, Manhasset, New York
- Northwestern Medicine-Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
- NYU Langone Hospitals, New York City
- Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
- Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California
- UC San Diego Health-La Jolla and Hillcrest Hospitals, San Diego
- UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
- UCSF Health-UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
- University of Michigan Health-Ann Arbor
- UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
Best specialty hospitals in the U.S.
U.S. News also ranked hospitals in each of 15 medical specialties. The Mayo Clinic again stood out, earning the top spot for three of those specialties — more than any other hospital.
The No. 1 hospital for each specialty is:
- Cancer: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
- Cardiology, heart and vascular surgery: Cleveland Clinic
- Diabetes and endocrinology: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Ear, nose and throat: Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California
- Gastroenterology and GI surgery: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Geriatrics: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
- Neurology and neurosurgery: NYU Langone Hospitals, New York City
- Obstetrics and Gynecology: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
- Ophthalmology: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, Miami
- Orthopedics: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City
- Psychiatry: McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts
- Pulmonology and lung surgery: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Rehabilitation: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), Chicago
- Rheumatology: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
- Urology: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City
To determine this year’s rankings, U.S. News joined forces with RTI International, a research organization based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.
To learn about areas whose hospitals you might want to avoid, check out “3 Parts of the U.S. Where No Hospitals Earn Top Marks for Safety.”