Johns Hopkins Tops Best Hospital List
Only 18 American Hospitals Made Magazine's Annual List
July 13, 2007 -- Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is the nation's top
hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2007 list of
America's best hospitals.
The magazine considered 5,462 U.S. hospitals for their annual list of top
hospitals. Only 18 hospitals made the list.
Here is the magazine's "honor roll" list of America's best hospitals.
Hospitals that received the same rank are listed together.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
- Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
- UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles
- Cleveland Clinic
- Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
- New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New
- Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and University of
California, San Francisco Medical Center
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis
- Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston
- University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor,
- Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Stanford, Calif., and Yale-New Haven
Hospital in New Haven, Conn.
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and the University of Chicago
How the Best Hospitals Were Chosen
Rankings are based on factors including hospital quality in 16 medical
specialties: cancer, digestive disorders, ear/nose/throat, endocrinology,
geriatrics, gynecology, heart, kidney disease, neurology/neurosurgery,
ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, rehabilitation, respiratory disorders,
rheumatology, and urology.
The magazine also sent surveys to more than 850,000 U.S. doctors, asking
them to rank the top five hospitals in their specialty for difficult cases,
regardless of location or expense.
The rankings are also based on hospital death rates in Medicare patients
with certain conditions, the number of patients and nurses, hospital
credentials, and the availability of advanced medical technology.
The rankings don't include military or veterans hospitals because the
magazine couldn't get government data needed to rank those hospitals.
Top Hospitals Far Away?
U.S. News & World Report states that "for most people most of
the time, the hospital their doctor recommends is fine."
The magazine points out that "going to a hometown hospital means being
close to family and friends, whose watchfulness might keep things from going
wrong. And patients draw strength from their comforting presence."
However, the magazine notes that top-notch hospitals might be best for
difficult or complex conditions.
Talking to your doctor may help you decide whether a highly ranked hospital
is the right place to get treatment.