U.S. News & World Report has released its annual "honor roll" of America's best medical centers, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is at the top of the list for the 19th straight year.
The top 21 hospitals all earned high scores in at least six of 16 specialties, ranging from cancer and geriatric care to orthopedics and urology.
Scores were based on both objective measures -- such as mortality rates, patient safety, and other care-related factors -- and subjective measures, such as reputation.
"I think these rankings are extremely meaningful to an extremely small number of patients, relatively speaking, who represent a very small piece of the patient population but whose need for a very high quality of care is extreme," Avery Comarow, the U.S. News & World Report statistician who compiled and analyzed the data, told WebMD. "These rankings are not at all intended for those who need relatively routine procedures."
The 'Best Hospitals' for 2009
Hospitals are listed below by total points. Here are the 21 hospitals that made the magazine's honor roll (two are tied for 10th place):
1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore 2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. 3. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles 4. Cleveland Clinic 5. Massachusetts General, Boston 6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell 7. University of California-San Francisco Medical Center 8. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 9. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis 10. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston 11. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. 12. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle 13. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 14. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor 15. Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif. 16. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. 17. New York University Medical Center 18. Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn. 19. Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York 20. Methodist Hospital, Houston 21. Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus
Top Hospitals by Specialty
Here are the No. 1 hospitals in each specialty, according to U.S. News and World Report:
* Cancer: M.D. Anderson Center, University of Texas, Houston * Diabetes and endocrine disorders: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. * Digestive disorders: Mayo Clinic * Ear, nose, throat: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore * Geriatric care: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles * Gynecology: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston * Heart and heart surgery: Cleveland Clinic * Kidney disorders: Brigham and Women's Hospital * Neurology and neurosurgery: Mayo Clinic * Ophthalmology: Bascon Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami * Orthopaedics: Mayo Clinic * Psychiatry: Massachusetts General, Boston * Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago * Respiratory disorders: National Jewish Hospital, Denver * Rheumatology: Johns Hopkins Hospital * Urology: Johns Hopkins Hospital