Johns Hopkins Hospital moves up to #3 among United States hospitals

09 August, 2017, 00:12 | Author: Ora Austin
  • 3 Charleston hospitals were named among the best in South Carolina

Over 70 percent of the rankings are based on objective data, with U.S. News analyzing more than 2,600 metrics across 21 data-driven specialties and procedures and conditions.

U.S. News again ranked Rush University Medical Center second in the state.

The ranking factors in hospital performance in 16 specialty areas as well as procedures offered. According to The Boston Globe, this is the first time in 24 years that the hospital has fallen off the US News rankings.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, topped the national list, and no Georgia hospitals were on it.

There were 152 hospitals nationally ranked in at least one specialty.

U.S. News is just one of many organizations producing reports meant to hold health care organizations accountable and help consumers make wise choices.

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This is the second straight year Mayo Clinic has earned the top honor, after finishing second to Massachusetts General Hospital in 2015. Under children's specialties, Penn State Children's Hospital ranked 39 for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, 46 for pediatric orthopedics, 46 for neonatology and 50 for pediatric cancer. General was rated the best hospital in America two years ago and placed third last year. The Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 2, followed by Johns Hopkins Hospital at No. 3, up from No. 4 previous year.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 28 year, are created to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

KU Hospital was nationally ranked this year in eight treatment categories: cancer (25th), cardiology (36th), gastroenterology (34th), geriatrics (18th), nephrology (46th), neurology (26th), pulmonology (32nd) and urology (17th).

“It is an honor to be ranked among the best, ” said Jeffrey Desmond, M.D., chief medical officer of Michigan Medicine. The medical center has been highly ranked since it was purchased by the university in 2009. It includes touting marketing opportunities for hospitals with the rankings, including buying the right to use the Best Hospital logo in advertising and to be listed among the magazine's featured hospitals. This is the seventh time KU hospital's geriatrics care have made the list.

Hospitals are ranked by points with the maximum total being 480.

While some rankings can be important, Miller said that it's what Hopkins' patients think that matters the most. "When we make a methodology change - and we make refinements nearly every year - it's not possible to make an exact year-on-year comparison".

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