For the second consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic was named the top hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Also for the second consecutive year, the Cleveland Clinic is ranked second, while Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston finished third and fourth – switching their places from last year’s ranking – and UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco is fifth after ranking seventh last year, according to the 2017-2018 Best Hospitals ranking.
The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor heads the second five – its jump from 18th last year to 6th made it the biggest mover among the top 10. Downward movers occupy seventh and eighth place this year: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles was fifth last year and New York-Presbyterian Hospital was sixth in 2016-2017. Ninth place goes to Stanford (Calif.) Health Care-Stanford Hospital, which moved up from 14th last year, and the 10th spot is occupied by the Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian in Philadelphia, which was ninth in last year’s ranking, U.S. News said.
The Mayo Clinic is nationally ranked in 15 of the 16 specialties included in the overall process, which started with 4,658 community inpatient hospitals and finished with 152 ranking nationally in at least one specialty and 20 earning Honor Roll status with high rankings in multiple specialties. The specialties used in the ranking process include 12 that are data driven – cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; otolaryngology; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology – and four rated by reputation only – ophthalmology; psychiatry; rehabilitation; and rheumatology.
The research organization RTI International conducted the physician survey and produced the Best Hospitals methodology and national rankings under contract with U.S. News. The launch of this year’s edition of Best Hospitals is sponsored by Fidelity Investments.