US News releases Best Hospitals rankings

Posted August 10, 2017

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was ranked second-best hospital in California and first in the Los Angeles area.

This year's U.S. News & World Report rankings cover almost every hospital in every community nationwide.

U.S. News also ranked hospitals by each state, and Hopkins came in first in the comparison of Maryland hospitals. This year, Mayo officials also celebrated out west as the Phoenix campus finished No. 20 in a report that examined more than 4,500 medical centers across the country. Three hospitals tied for fifth: Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, NorthShore University HealthSystem's Evanston Hospital and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. While more than 1,200 were rated high performing in at least one procedure or condition, only 48 were high performing in all nine procedures and conditions.

When it comes to common adult procedures and conditions rated by U.S. News, Ohio State is recognized as high performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm fix, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)and lung cancer surgery.

The System includes approximately 7,100 primary and specialty care physicians; 10 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 140 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. In rankings by state and metro area, the magazine recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

The rankings, which analyzed more than 4,500 hospitals in 25 specialties, also recognized University of Utah Health Care Hospitals and Clinics, and Intermountain Medical Center with a lesser, un-numbered "high-performing" ranking in the areas of urology, ophthalmology and nephrology. "This is something we've been working on for the past two years, and it's wonderful to be able to have our faculty and staff receive this recognition for all the great things they're doing".

The Best Hospitals Honor Roll is a distinction awarded to 20 USA hospitals that deliver the highest quality of care across a range of specialties, procedures and conditions.

"I don't think that they're the ultimate measure of quality", Cosgrove said of the hospital rankings.

U.S. News asserts its rankings are based on objective information, including survival and readmission rates, patient experience, volume, patient safety and quality of nursing.

Neither hospital made it to U.S. News' national rankings of a dozen adult specialty programs, including cardiology, neurology and rheumatology. Cedars-Sinai moved up in the rankings, from 17th a year ago. "Honors like the U.S. News & World Report rankings validate the work we're doing to deliver on that mission".