Hopkins again voted top U.S. hospital by magazine

July 02, 2004|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

For the 14th consecutive year, Johns Hopkins Hospital has been named the country's top-rated medical institution in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings.

The East Baltimore hospital ranked first in three of 17 major specialties, including gynecology, urology and otolaryngology, which deals with problems of the ears, nose and throat. It was second or third in 11 other categories, ranging from neurosurgery to pediatrics.

"It is a worthy acknowledgment of the innovative and compassionate patient care that is Hopkins' hallmark - and of the people who make that kind of care possible," Dr. Edward D. Miller, Johns Hopkins Medicine dean and CEO, and Ronald R. Peterson, the hospital president, wrote in a letter to employees announcing the rankings.

Hopkins was followed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Hopkins' School of Medicine slipped this year to the No. 3 slot in the magazine's annual ranking of the country's best medical schools. It had placed second for 13 years.

Elsewhere in the area, the University of Maryland Medical System ranked 25th in kidney disease, while Union Memorial Hospital ranked 49th in orthopedics.

Baltimore had three entries in the top 27 psychiatric hospitals; Hopkins placed third, Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital of Towson 12th, and the University of Maryland 23rd.

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