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Johns Hopkins Tops Best Hospital List

Only 18 American Hospitals Made Magazine's Annual List

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July 13, 2007 -- Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is the nation's tophospital, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2007 list ofAmerica's best hospitals.

The magazine considered 5,462 U.S. hospitals for their annual list of tophospitals. 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.

  1. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
  2. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  3. UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles
  4. Cleveland Clinic
  5. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston
  6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in NewYork
  7. Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and University ofCalifornia, San Francisco Medical Center
  8. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis
  9. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston
  10. University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle
  11. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
  12. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  13. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor,Mich.
  14. Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Stanford, Calif., and Yale-New HavenHospital in New Haven, Conn.
  15. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and the University of ChicagoMedical Center

How the Best Hospitals Were Chosen

Rankings are based on factors including hospital quality in 16 medicalspecialties: 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, askingthem 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 patientswith certain conditions, the number of patients and nurses, hospitalcredentials, and the availability of advanced medical technology.

The rankings don't include military or veterans hospitals because themagazine 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 ofthe time, the hospital their doctor recommends is fine."

The magazine points out that "going to a hometown hospital means beingclose to family and friends, whose watchfulness might keep things from goingwrong. And patients draw strength from their comforting presence."

However, the magazine notes that top-notch hospitals might be best fordifficult or complex conditions.

Talking to your doctor may help you decide whether a highly ranked hospitalis the right place to get treatment.

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SOURCES: U.S.News & World Report: "America's Best Hospitals 2007." U.S. News & World Report, "What It Takes to Be the Best," July 13, 2007; online edition.

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