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Best Hospitals 2014-15: Overview and Honor Roll

Best Hospitals 2014-15: Overview and Honor Roll

By Kimberly Leonard for usnews.com

Some hospitals are more expert than others in caring for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions. And people facing such health challenges need every bit of help they can get. That’s why U.S. News & World Report has published annual rankings of the nation’s Best Hospitals for the last quarter-century.

See the Complete Rankings: Best Hospitals 2014-15.

The 2014-15 rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. Hospitals with very high scores in at least six specialties earned a spot on the Honor Roll. Just 17 hospitals made this year’s list.

See Pictures of the 17 Honor Roll Hospitals.

For the first time, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, claimed the No. 1 Honor Roll spot, barely edging out Massachusetts General Hospital. Johns Hopkins Hospital, which in 2012 lost a 21-year first-place reign, was No. 3.

The 2014-15 Honor Roll:
Rank Hospital Points* High-ranking Specialties*
1 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
29
15
2 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
28
15
3 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
26
15
4 Cleveland Clinic
26
14
5 UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
23
15
6 New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York
22
12
7 Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia
19
11
8 UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
17
10
9 Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
15
10
10 Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
13
10
11 University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
12
9
12 (tie) Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
11
8
12 (tie) UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
11
8
14 Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
11
6
15 NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
10
7
16 Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
10
6
17 Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
9
8

 

*Hospitals in 12 of the 16 specialties received 2 points per specialty for ranking in the top 10. They received 1 point for ranking in the next 10. In the other four specialties, hospitals received 2 points per specialty for ranking in the top five. They received 1 point for ranking in the next five.

Hospitals are ranked nationally in each of the 16 specialties. This year 144 different hospitals rank in at least one specialty. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, for example, ranks first in cancer. The Cleveland Clinic tops the cardiology & heart surgery rankings. And the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York is No. 1 in orthopedics. Nationally ranked hospitals have the skill and experience to treat the most complex and demanding cases.

Some patients might be unable to travel far for care – or shouldn’t have to, because their condition is more straightforward. To help them find care close to home, U.S. News also ranks nearly 600 other hospitals by state, region and metro area. These Best Regional Hospitals, evaluated using the same standards as for national ranked centers, are themselves highly skilled, capable of serving the needs of most patients.

Just three metropolitan areas have more than one Honor Roll hospital – New York City, Boston, Los Angeles – that achieved this feat last year as well.

U.S. News bases the rankings largely on objective data on hospital performance, such as patient survival rates and resources like nurse staffing. Each hospital’s reputation, as determined by a survey of physician specialists, is also a factor.

For patients under 18, U.S. News publishes Best Children’s Hospitals. The 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals, with rankings in 10 pediatric specialties and a Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, was published in June.

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