U.S. News Best Hospitals Honor Roll, Medical Specialties Rankings 2018-19

by Kim Boateng Posted on August 14th, 2018

Washington, D.C., USA : U.S. News & World Report has released it’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll and medical specialties rankings for 2018-19. U.S. News ranks the top 20 hospitals in the nation, plus the best hospitals in states and metro areas.

Somewhere in America, at a pace of about once per second, a patient checks into a hospital. With more than 33 million hospitalizations a year and so many patients on whom to sharpen their skills, hospitals could be expected to meet the most demanding standards for quality and safety.

Yet too many hospitals fail even those whose medical needs are relatively straightforward – such as hip replacement, uncomplicated heart bypass surgery or removal of a cancerous section of colon. The hospital that makes treating patients like these its bread and butter is the very definition of a community hospital, and it should perform at a high standard.

Even fewer hospitals excel at caring for patients with especially challenging or complex diagnoses, for whom the stakes may be a matter of life or death. For those patients, venturing beyond a trusted community hospital to seek care at a truly exceptional medical center, even one farther from home, may be the wisest option.

To help readers narrow their search for hospitals that best match their needs, U.S. News ranks hospital performance in 16 areas of complex specialty care and also rates hospitals in nine bellwether procedures and conditions such as heart bypass, hip and knee replacement, heart failure and lung cancer surgery.

The Best Hospitals Honor Roll takes both the specialty rankings and the procedure and condition ratings into account. Hospitals received points if they were nationally ranked in one of the 16 specialties – the more specialties and the higher their rank, the more points they got – and also if they were rated “high performing” in the nine procedures and conditions. The top 20 point-getters made up the Honor Roll, which has a maximum total of 480 points.

U.S. News 2018-19 Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Rank Name Points
1 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 414
2 Cleveland Clinic 385
3 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore 355
4 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 354
5 University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor 324
6 UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco 296
7 UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles 267
8 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles 252
9 Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California 250
10 New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York 242
11 (tie) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis 241
11 (tie) Mayo Clinic Phoenix 241
13 Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago 228
14 Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia 225
15 (tie) NYU Langone Hospitals, New York 208
15 (tie) UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh 208
17 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee 198
18 Mount Sinai Hospital, New York 192
19 Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina 178
20 Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston 177

Best Regional Hospitals

For most illnesses, patients do not need to go to an Honor Roll hospital, which may require onerous travel and where they may face greater expense of being treated outside their insurance plan’s network. To help readers find high-quality medical centers closer to home, U.S. News created Best Regional Hospitals in 2011.

Similar to the Honor Roll, these regional rankings provide an overall assessment of a hospital’s performance across multiple areas of care. To be recognized on this year’s list, a hospital must have been either nationally ranked in one of 12 key specialties or received ratings of high performing in three or more of those specialties or the procedures and conditions.

In 2018-19, U.S. News recognized 520 U.S. hospitals – about 1 medical center in 10 – as Best Regional Hospitals. If there were at least two Best Regional Hospitals in any state or a metropolitan area with 1 million or more residents, they were numerically ranked.

The greatest concentration of standout regional hospitals lies in the New York metro area, where New York-Presbyterian Hospital was first among 31 regionally ranked medical centers. In the Los Angeles metro area, UCLA Medical Center topped the regional list of 25 hospitals. In Chicago, a third cluster of high-quality providers, Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranked first of 22.

If you’ve consulted past editions of Best Hospitals, you’re bound to notice some hospitals that have risen or fallen in the rankings. Don’t make too much of year-to-year movements. It takes multiple years of progressive change to know if a hospital is truly improving or worsening.

For patients and their physicians, these rankings and ratings should be seen as just a starting point. Individual diagnosis and personal priorities will dictate a personal best choice. With the latest U.S. News hospital-quality data at their fingertips, they can make their choices with greater confidence.

Rankings and Recognitions

To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, 9 adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area.

1 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. is ranked No. 1 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 15 adult and 7 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 1 adult specialty and 9 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility.

Mayo Clinic is ranked nationally in 15 adult specialties and 7 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions.

2 Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio is ranked No. 2 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 14 adult and 10 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 1 adult specialty and 9 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. It is a teaching hospital.

Cleveland Clinic is ranked nationally in 14 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions. Read more about how we rank best hospitals.

3 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. is ranked No. 3 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll and No. 8 on the Best Children’s Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 15 adult and 10 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 7 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, located in Baltimore, was founded in 1889 and is the teaching hospital for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins Hospital is ranked nationally in 15 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 7 procedures or conditions.

4 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. is ranked No. 4 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 16 adult and 4 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 9 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

Massachusetts General Hospital is ranked nationally in 16 adult specialties and 4 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions

5 University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Mich. is ranked No. 5 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 14 adult and 10 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 1 adult specialty and 9 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. It is a teaching hospital. The University of Michigan’s hospital opened in 1869 – 19 years after the university’s medical school – as the first university-owned medical facility in the country.

University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine is ranked nationally in 14 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions.

6 UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco

UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif. is ranked No. 6 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 15 adult and 10 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 6 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. It is a teaching hospital.

UCSF Medical Center is ranked nationally in 15 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 6 procedures or conditions.

7 UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. is ranked No. 7 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 14 adult and 8 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 7 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

UCLA Medical Center is ranked nationally in 14 adult specialties and 8 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 7 procedures or conditions.

8 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. is ranked No. 8 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and rated high performing in 9 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions.

9 Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California

Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital in Stanford, Calif. is ranked No. 9 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and rated high performing in 2 adult specialties and 9 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions.

10 New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York

New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell in New York, N.Y. is ranked No. 10 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 14 adult and 10 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 2 adult specialties and 7 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell is ranked nationally in 14 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 7 procedures or conditions.

11 (tie) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis

Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Mo. is ranked No. 11 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and rated high performing in 2 adult specialties and 8 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions.

11 (tie) Mayo Clinic Phoenix

Mayo Clinic-Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz. is ranked No. 11 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties and rated high performing in 9 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. It is a teaching hospital.

Mayo Clinic-Phoenix is ranked nationally in 11 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions.

13 Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill. is ranked No. 13 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties and rated high performing in 2 adult specialties and 9 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is ranked nationally in 11 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions.

14 Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia

Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian in Philadelphia, Pa. is ranked No. 14 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and rated high performing in 1 adult specialty and 6 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. It is a teaching hospital.

Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 6 procedures or conditions.

15 (tie) NYU Langone Hospitals, New York

NYU Langone Hospitals in New York, N.Y. is ranked No. 15 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and rated high performing in 9 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

NYU Langone Hospitals in New York, N.Y. is ranked No. 15 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and rated high performing in 9 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

15 (tie) UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in Pittsburgh, Pa. is ranked No. 15 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 12 adult specialties and rated high performing in 2 adult specialties and 9 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 procedures or conditions.

17 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. is ranked No. 17 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 10 adult and 10 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 2 adult specialties and 8 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. It is a teaching hospital.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked nationally in 10 adult specialties and 10 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions.

18 Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, N.Y. is ranked No. 18 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 11 adult and 5 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 2 adult specialties and 7 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. It is a teaching hospital.

Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked nationally in 11 adult specialties and 5 children’s specialties .

19 Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina

Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. is ranked No. 19 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 11 adult and 9 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 1 adult specialty and 8 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. It is a teaching hospital.

Duke University Hospital is ranked nationally in 11 adult specialties and 9 children’s specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions.

20 Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. is ranked No. 20 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 9 adult specialties and rated high performing in 3 adult specialties and 8 procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is ranked nationally in 9 adult specialties . It also achieved the highest rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions.

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