Best Hospitals in the U.S. Get Ranked

The U.S. News and World Report’s annual list puts Massachusetts General at number one.

U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of hospitals kicked Johns Hopkins from the top of the list down to number two. (Photo: ERproductions Ltd./Getty Images)

Jul 17, 2012
Jeannine Stein, a California native, wrote about health for the Los Angeles Times. In her pursuit of a healthy lifestyle she has taken countless fitness classes, hiked in Nepal and got in a boxing ring.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is the number one-rated hospital in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings, knocking Johns Hopkins Hospital to the number two spot after reigning at number one for 21 years.

The annual list rates hospitals based on surveys of about 10,000 specialists and data on 5,000 hospitals, then places the facilities in categories according to region and medical specialties, such as cancer, gynecology, orthopedics, diabetes, endocrinology, and psychiatry.

Out of that comes an “Honor Roll” of 17 hospitals that scored close to the top in at least six specialties. In addition to Massachusetts General, the Honor Roll also includes third-ranked Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by the Cleveland Clinic, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Making the Honor Roll for the first time was Indiana University Health in Indianapolis.

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“To be nationally ranked,” a story in U.S. News and World Report said, “a hospital must excel across a range of tough cases within a given specialty. “A hospital with a national ranking in cardiology and heart surgery, for example, should be staffed with doctors who know how to replace a damaged heart valve in a 90-year-old patient.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center ranked number one in the cancer category, and the Cleveland Clinic nabbed the top spot in cardiology and heart surgery. For psychiatry, Johns Hopkins came in first.

Some states, including Delaware, West Virginia, Wyoming, Montana, and Vermont, had no major metropolitan areas with ranked hospitals.

At the top of the Honor Roll of children’s hospitals is Boston Children’s Hospital, followed by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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