Hopkins named top hospital for 16th year

July 07, 2006

For the 16th straight year, Johns Hopkins Hospital has earned the top spot in the in U.S. News and World Report's annual list of the best hospitals nationwide.

"Once again, the magazine and medical professionals across the nation have affirmed the excellence of our faculty physicians, our nurses and our staff," Dr. Edward Miller, dean and chief executive of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a letter to employees.

Hopkins also ranked first in five specialties: ear, nose and throat, gynecology, kidney disease, urology and rheumatology. It also ranked second in neurology/neurosurgery, ophthalmology and psychiatry; third in cancer, digestive disorders, endocrinology, heart and heart surgery, respiratory disorders and pediatrics; fourth in orthopedics; and 17th in rehabilitation.

The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital ranked ninth in psychiatry. The University of Maryland Medical Center ranked 18th in kidney disease and 30th in ear, nose and throat.

Also, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson ranked 49th in cancer.

Thirteen hospitals rounded out the "honor roll" of best hospitals overall, including the Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, Duke University, the University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle), Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston), the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The magazine weighs reputation, death rates and other "care-related" factors, including nursing and patient services, according to U.S. News.

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