There are over 6,200 hospitals scattered around the United States. This vast quantity makes the job of ranking best health care a very difficult one. A lot of research is done into quality and delivery of care. Each year, a list ranking the best hospitals in the US, is provided by U.S. News.
The information is presented in an easy-to-read manner to help customers. The list also provides an overview of the best hospitals for specific health conditions with the “Honor Roll” that emphasizes the best hospitals for procedures and specialties.
For hospitals to make the list, they must be ranked nationally in 16 of their specialties and have “high performance” in at least 9 conditions and procedures. The higher amount of points obtained converts to a more top ranking on the “Honor Roll”. For a hospital to qualify for the list, the hospital must have shown high performance in standards and provided exceptional care for many patients.
Top 20 Best Hospitals found in the United States;
- Mayo Clinic
- Cleveland Clinic
- Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine
- University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital
- Mayo Clinic-Phoenix
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital
- Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian
- NYU Langone Hospitals
- UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
- Mount Sinai Hospital
- Duke University Hospital
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
In the list above, both Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Mayo Clinic-Phoenix tied for 11th place while NYU Langone Hospitals and UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside tied for 15th place. A detailed assessment of the top 20 hospitals found in the United States is provided below;
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is ranked number 1 overall. The facility was first opened in 1889 and currently owns and operates over 19 hospitals in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The report by U.S. News stated that the Mayo Clinic has national rankings in 15 specialties for adults and 7 in pediatrics.
The Cleveland Clinic
Behind the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio ranks second place. The first facility in the now Cleveland Clinic Health System began in 1921 and has grown to 11 hospitals and 18 specialized health centers. Currently, Cleveland Clinic has over 44 buildings found on the main campus. The study by U.S. News found that the Cleveland Clinic had 14 nationally ranked specialties for adults and over 10 for pediatrics.
Johns Hopkins Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital was ranked as the third best hospital in the United States. Johns Hopkins Hospital, founded in 1889, is ranked number one in its home state of Baltimore, Maryland. The hospital is used by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a teaching hospital. Johns Hopkins Hospital is well known in the field of medicine for several significant achievements. For example, it was here where the first rechargeable pacemaker was invented and insulin was first isolated and crystallised. Research done by U.S. News found that Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine provides a special treatment for Parkinson’s Disease and dementia using music.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital or Mass General is the top hospital in the state. The Mass General was founded in 1811 in Boston, Massachusetts. It is also the hospital where Harvard Medical students learn their medical trade. One of the most significant features found at Mass General is the 30 departments making up the most extensive research hospital-based programs located in the United States. Its facilities in Boston include Geriatrics, ALS, fertility and diabetes specialties. Mass General holds national ranking in over 16 adult specialties and 4 pediatric.
University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine
This hospital, which is comprised of eight buildings and impressive 25 health centers in the surrounding region, has been ranked as the top hospital in Michigan. As US News report, this hospital has created the first dermatology department in the US, the first human genetics program, and the first comprehensive depression center. Additionally, it has nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties.
UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center has a network of campuses across the Bay area and is ranked as the top hospital in California. Being a teaching hospital for the University of California, San Francisco, this hospital has been nationally ranked in 15 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties. It also has a center for integrative medicine, which offers modern medical treatments with holistic healing practices such as massage and acupuncture.
UCLA Medical Center
This medical center is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and rated “high performing” in seven adult procedures and conditions. It has also been ranked as the second-best hospital in California. Being a teaching hospital located on the University of California, Los Angeles campus, it is one of the first hospitals which keeps working during natural disasters such as earthquakes.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
With over 40 locations, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is not only ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties, but it is also the third best hospital in California. According to US News, this medical center has the first comprehensive women’s heart center, as well as amazing doctors who perform two kinds of complicated heart-valve procedures more frequently than any other hospital site in the US.
Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital
This hospital is proud of the fact that they performed the first adult heart transplant in the US and the first successful heart-lung transplant. Ranked as the fourth-best hospital in California, as well as ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties, Stanford Hospital is a teaching hospital for Stanford University School of Medicine.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell
According to US News, this medical facility ranks as the number one hospital in New York, and best in New York City. It has also ranked nationally in 14 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties. It is affiliated with both Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Weill Cornell Medical College. Before the two mentioned hospitals merged, Dr. George Papanicolaou at New York Hospital invented the Pap smear test to screen women for cervical cancer.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital (tie)
According to US News, this hospital takes pride in performing the first kidney transplant in 1963, and nowadays, it performs around 200 kidney transplants per year. Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been ranked as the best hospital in Missouri and nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties by US News. Today it is a teaching hospital associated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Mayo Clinic-Phoenix (tie)
According to US News, this hospital is not only nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties and “high performing” in nine adult procedures and conditions, but it is also ranked as the best hospital in Arizona. This clinic, which is located in Phoenix is an outpost of the original Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. It specializes in a number of areas like kidney disease, neurology cancer care, and respiratory medicine. Also, it ranks highly on patient experience surveys.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Located in Chicago and ranked as the best hospital in Illinois, this hospital is the teaching hospital for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. According to US News, this hospital is also nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties. In 1997, the first minimally invasive heart procedure was performed here as an alternative to surgery or angioplasty. It was performed in the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, which is highly regarded and consists of six centers focused on different specialties in cardiovascular health.
Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian
In 1874, this hospital was established as the first teaching hospital. It consists of two buildings – Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (founded in 1871) and University of Pennsylvania Health System, which merged with the hospital in 1995.
This medical facility has been ranked as the best hospital in Pennsylvania, and also first in Philadelphia. Additionally, according to US News, it ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties and has a highly rated division focused on kidney treatment and research.
NYU Langone Hospitals (tie)
The creators of the polio vaccine, Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin, both graduated from the New York University School of Medicine, which is affiliated with NYU Langone Hospitals. Currently located in Manhattan, Its Tisch Hospital was founded in 1882 and merged with the New York University Medical Center in 1948. According to US News, today the mentioned hospitals are nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties.
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside (tie)
According to US News, this Level 1 trauma center has done more than 19,500 organ transplants surgeries. Located in Pittsburgh, this hospital is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties as well as the second-best hospital in Pennsylvania. It is the flagship of the UPMC system, and it is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
According to US News, this medical center is known for a wide variety of specialty treatments and is nationally ranked in 10 specialties for adults and 10 for children. But not only that – it has been ranked number one in Tennessee as well, and it is affiliated with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In 2008, it focused on treating a range of eye conditions by establishing the Vanderbilt Eye Institute.
Mount Sinai Hospital
This hospital has a highly ranked cardiology department and is well known for its Geriatric Services department, which contains the Division of Experimental Diabetes and Aging, as well as for its digestive disease’s treatments. It is located in New York City and affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine, and it is part of a health system that includes seven hospitals in the New York City area.
Duke University Hospital
This hospital was opened in 1930 in Durham, North Carolina and it was initially named Duke Clinic. It sought to establish an academic medical center in a region that had previously lacked one. With more than 2 million outpatients per year and has more than 68,000 inpatient stays, it is ranked as the top hospital in NC and it is the flagship of the Duke University Health System.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston ranked as the second-best hospital in Massachusetts. The hospital’s Cancer Center houses 12 specialized disease treatment centers and touts a system where patients can see an oncologist the day after receiving their cancer diagnosis. It is also a teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. In 2011, Brigham and Women’s Hospital performed the first two full-face transplants in the country.