21 topmost hospitals in the United States

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best_hospitals_2009“America’s Best Hospitals” is an annual ranking of the country’s elite medical centers. It is an information source that helps patients to decide on the medical facility, in case of medical sophistication that most facilities may not be able to help.  Recently a list of top 21 America’s best hospitals was released by U.S. News and World Report.  U.S. News & World Report ranks only those institutions that demonstrate excellence and breadth of expertise in at least six specialties.

 

It was surprising to know that out of 4,861 total hospitals; only 174 hospitals scored high enough to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties which includes from cancer and heart disease to respiratory disorders and urology.  Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. is the top hospital for 2009.

 

The Honor Roll list is as follows:

Rank

Hospital

Points

1

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

30

2

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

28

3

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

26

4

Cleveland Clinic

26

5

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

25

6

New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell

24

7

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

21

8

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

19

9

Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis

17

10

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

17

10

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

17



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University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle

16

13

UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

13

14

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor

12

15

Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif.

11

16

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville

11

17

NYU Medical Center, New York

10

17

Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.

10

19

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York

9

20

Methodist Hospital, Houston

8

21

Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus

7

 

The rank of the hospitals is based on various parameters:

 

  • teaching-hospitalTeaching Hospital: Hospital should have teaching infrastructure.
  • Beds facility: Hospital must have 200 beds or at least 100 beds
  • Medical technologies: Hospital must have at least four out of eight important medical technologies, such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapies.
  • Reputation: It is counted as 32.5%of the score. Each year random sample of 200 physicians around the nation are asked to list five hospitals they consider among the best in their specialty for difficult cases, without taking into account cost or location. 
  • patient-safetyA mortality index: It is made up 32.5% of the score. It indicates a hospital’s ability to keep patients alive. An index number above 1.00 means the hospital did worse than expected; below 1.00, better than expected
  • A new patient safety index: It is comprised 5% of the score. It shows how well a hospital minimizes harm to patients.
  • Other care-related factors: It is made up 30%of the score.  It Includes nurse staffing, technology, and other care-related information.

 

5 Responses

  1. murmur55 says:

    Reputation. Hmm. They should not use any reputation scores. Real Data: MGH & HOPKINS are associated with severe violent sexual offenders. BRIGHAM also associated with abusers of women. Perps are protected. That’s how they end up as Best Hospitals.

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