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    U.S. News & World Report Ranks Best Hospitals

    July 18, 2013 -- Johns Hopkins Hospital regained its top spot on this year’s U.S. News & World Report list of best U.S. hospitals. The Baltimore hospital had held the top spot for 21 years until 2012, when Massachusetts General earned the title.

    The rankings are based on several factors:

    • Patient survival looked at the hospital's success at keeping patients alive.
    • Reputation considered the opinions of 200 doctors in each specialty who were randomly selected and asked to list the hospitals they thought were best in their specialty for complex or difficult cases.
    • Patient safety score rated hospitals on how well they work to prevent the worst kinds of harmful mistakes.
    • Other factors looked at care-related aspects such as nurse staffing, technology, and other things linked to quality care.

    This year, 18 hospitals earned a place on the Honor Roll, meaning they ranked very high in at least six specialties. They are:

    1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
    2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
    3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
    4. Cleveland Clinic
    5. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
    6. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
    7. (tie) New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, N.Y.
    8. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
    9. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
    10. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    11. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
    12. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
    13. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
    14. NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City
    15. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
    16. IU Health Academic Health Center, Indianapolis
    17. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia
    18. University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland

    The magazine also ranked top hospitals by specialty. They include:

    Cancer
    University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

    Cardiology and Heart Surgery
    Cleveland Clinic

    Diabetes and Endocrinology
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

    Ear, Nose, and Throat
    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

    Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

    Geriatrics
    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

    Gynecology
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

    Nephrology
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

    Neurology and Neurosurgery
    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

    Ophthalmology
    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami

    Orthopedics
    Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City

    Psychiatry
    McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass.

    Pulmonology
    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

    Rehabilitation
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Rheumatology
    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

    Urology
    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

    For 12 of the 16 specialties included the list, U.S. News & World Report reviewed data drawn primarily from the federal government and the American Hospital Association.

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