Hopkins again ranked top U.S. hospital

Magazine rating marks 18th straight year at the top

July 11, 2008

For the 18th straight year, Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked America's best by U.S. News & World Report, the magazine announced today.

The weekly publication has been ranking hospitals for 19 years, placing Hopkins second in the inaugural edition. That year, the top spot went to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

"This recognition is principally a tribute to the significant contributions made by our faculty, our nurses, our staff and the community physicians to Johns Hopkins Medicine," Dr. Edward Miller, dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a statement.

The rankings will appear in next week's edition but are available on the magazine's Web site today. The publication considered 170 hospitals nationwide, taking into account such factors as reputation, death rates, nursing and patient services.

Since the first issue of "America's Best Hospitals," as the annual edition is called, some hospitals have challenged its methodology and usefulness while others have mounted big promotional campaigns to seek a strong showing.

The magazine said yesterday that the rankings have motivated hospitals to improve care so they can hold onto a high ranking or finish higher next time.

Besides its No. 1 overall rating, Hopkins was ranked best in ear, nose and throat, rheumatology and urology; and second in geriatrics, gynecology and obstetrics, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology and psychiatry. The hospital ranked third in cancer, digestive diseases, endocrinology, heart disease and heart surgery, and respiratory disorders.

Following Hopkins in the overall rankings were the Mayo Clinic; UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles; Cleveland Clinic; Massachusetts General Hospital; New York-Presbyterian Hospital; University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

Tied for eighth were Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., while the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle were tied for 10th.

The University of Maryland Medical Center ranked 26th in kidney disease, 32nd in urology, 34th in ear, nose and throat, 49th in heart and 48th in cancer.

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