A household name — the Mayo Clinic — remains at 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 is the top U.S. hospital, followed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Cleveland Clinic, which last year took the runner-up spot, fell to No. 4.
The Best Hospitals in the USA rankings — the 33rd that U.S. News has released — span 15 adult specialties, 10 pediatric specialties and 20 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 methodology and Procedures & Conditions methodology factor objective measures such as survival 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.
The 2022-23 rankings do not reflect the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on U.S. hospitals, however. They are partially based on data from a time period prior to the pandemic, and “to mitigate the impact of COVID-19-pandemic-associated disruptions on outcome measures, several exclusions were applied to visits occurring in 2020,” U.S. News says.
Of the hospitals included in U.S. News’ analysis, 20 made what the publication calls its “Best Hospitals Honor Roll.” U.S. News says the following hospitals “excel across most or all types of care”:
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
- NYU Langone Hospitals, New York City
- Cleveland Clinic
- (tie) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
- (tie) UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York
- Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
- Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
- UCSF Health-UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
- Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
- Houston Methodist Hospital
- Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City
- University of Michigan Health-Ann Arbor
- Mayo Clinic-Phoenix
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
- Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
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 four 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 and heart 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, 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: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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.
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