The Mayo Clinic has been named the nation’s best hospital by U.S. News & World Report, which unveiled its annual ranking of the country’s medical centers.
It’s the second consecutive year the Rochester, Minnesota-based property ranked No. 1 on the publication’s best hospitals Honor Roll, which recognizes the 20 hospitals that received the highest score across 16 specialties and five procedure and condition rankings.
Taking the No. 2 spot for a second straight year was the Cleveland Clinic. Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California – San Francisco Medical Center, respectively, rounded out the top five.
Johns Hopkins overtook Mass General for the No. 3 spot this year, with those two properties changing their 3-4 rankings from last year. UCSF moved into the top five after the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center dropped to No. 7 on the list.
Duke University Hospital was the only one from North Carolina to make the national Honor Roll. In the Triangle, it ranked No. 1 followed by UNC Hospitals, UNC Rex Hospital, and WakeMed Health and Hospitals.
Within individual specialties measured, U.S. News ranked the Cleveland Clinic No. 1 in the cardiology and heart surgery category; the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranked No. 1 in cancer care; and New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery ranked No. 1 for orthopedics.
To compile the ranking, U.S. News compared more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Hospitals were primarily judged on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.
This year’s report also changed its methodology to avoid penalizing hospitals for treating low-income patients or for accepting high-risk cases transferred from other hospitals.
By Jeff Jeffrey – National Digital Producer, Triangle Business Journal