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Massachusetts General Hospital regains top ranking in U.S. News & World Report list of best hospitals

Susan Morse, Managing Editor

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

Massachusetts General Hospital topped the list of best hospitals in a U.S. News & World Report ranking released Tuesday.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked first in cancer care, according to the report.

Massachusetts General Hospital ranked No. 2 last year, but reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the Report's "Honor Roll," which highlights hospitals that are exceptional in numerous specialties.

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The Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital and UCLA Medical Center follow at the Number 2 and 3 slots respectively.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is No. 1 in cancer care; the Cleveland Clinic is No. 1 in cardiology and heart surgery and the Hospital for Special Surgery is No. 1 in orthopedics.

The 26th edition of the Best Hospitals ranks close to 5,000 medical centers nationwide.

Best Hospitals features national rankings in 16 specialties.

In the 2015-16 rankings, 137 U.S. hospitals performed well enough in complex care to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties. Just 15 of these qualified for a spot on the Honor Roll by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties.

U.S. News also identified 520 Best Regional Hospitals, ranking them by state and metro area based on their performance in both complex and common care.

The 2015-16 Honor Roll

1. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

3. (tie) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

3. (tie) UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

5. Cleveland Clinic

6. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston

7. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York

8. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

9. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia

10. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis

11. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

12. NYU Langone Medical Center, New York

13. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

14. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina

15. Stanford Health-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California

The Best Hospitals methodology measures patient volume, risk-adjusted survival rates and adequacy of nurse staffing, among other care-related indicators. U.S. News further expanded the number of physicians surveyed for the 2015-16 rankings.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used both the specialty rankings and its recently published Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings to produce the Best Regional Hospitals.

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