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Mayo Clinic tops Best Hospitals list released by U.S. News & World report

The rankings were determined in part by rating hospitals in 10 different procedures and conditions.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (Google Earth)Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (Google Earth)

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has topped the list of Best Hospitals in 2020-2021 in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings, followed by the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in the second and third spots, respectively.

The rankings, ostensibly compiled to help readers pinpoint a hospital that matches their specific needs, were determined in part by rating hospitals in 10 different procedures and conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery and heart bypass surgery. It also ranked hospitals in 16 areas of specialty care, such as cancer, diabetes and endocrinology and neurology.


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The Mayo Clinic, a teaching hospital and medical and surgical facility, topped the list for a variety of factors, including its Department of Endocrinology, which treats diabetes and is one of the world's largest, according to U.S. News & World Report. The hospital also offers an "immersive wellness" experience through its Healthy Living Program, sports medicine facilities that treat athletes and multiple research centers that study Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and kidney disease, among other ailments.

The Cleveland Clinic nabbed the second spot on the legs of its high national rankings in 14 adult and 10 pediatric specialties, and the fact that it sees more heart patients than any other hospital in the country. The hospital was also instrumental in developing coronary artery bypass surgery, and performed the first minimally invasive aortic heart valve surgery, the first successful larynx transplant and the first kidney surgery through a patient's navel.

Ranking highly in 15 adult and 10 pediatric specialties, Johns Hopkins Hospital earned high marks for its pediatric treatment center; its Center for Music and Medicine, which offers music-centric treatment for Parkinson's and dementia patients; and research institutes studying cell engineering, brain science and genetic medicine.

The Top 20 Hospitals are ranked as follows:

     1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
     2. Cleveland Clinic
     3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
     4. (tie) New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York, and UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
     6. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
     7. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
     8. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
     9. NYU Langone Hospitals, New York 
     10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
     11. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor
     12. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
     13. Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Sanford, California
     14. Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
     15. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia
     16. Mayo Clinic-Phoenix
     17. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
     18. (tie) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis, and Keck Hospital of USC, Los Angeles
     20. Houston Methodist Hospital


The list looks quite different from the inaugural top hospitals list released earlier in July by the Lown Institute, which ranked JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas, as the nation's top hospital. JPS scored an A+ in civic leadership, and As in value of care and patient outcomes, placing it first among 216 hospitals in the state and tops nationally among 3,282 hospitals ranked.

It's the ranking and measuring of particular metrics that the Lown Institute uses to differentiate its rankings from other, similar top hospitals lists. Value of care, civic leadership and patient outcomes, including safety and mortality rates, are all factored into an aggregate score, with individual scores broken down by each hospital.

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