Mayo Clinic tops best hospital list for 2019

Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic is the nation’s best hospital for 2019-2020, according to U.S. News & World Report, which ranked hospitals overall and based on specialties. Mayo Clinic clinched the top best for the ranking’s honor roll, followed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Across the U.S. 165 hospital ranked in at least one specialty in the list for 2019-2020.

Here are the top 10 best hospitals honor roll for 2019-2020:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  4. Cleveland Clinic
  5. New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, N.Y.
  6. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  7. UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
  8. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  9. NYU Langone Hospitals, New York, N.Y.
  10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago

This year, U.S. News added patient-centered measures to its methodology, including a patient score looking at how often patients go home after discharge rather than a nursing home or other institutional care setting. The methodology also included an enhanced risk-adjustment model so hospitals that treat sicker patients are not penalized.

“In adding patient-centered measures to the U.S. News methodology this year, we’ve produced results that are as meaningful as possible to patients who are choosing where to receive care for their individual needs,” U.S. News Managing Editor and Chief of Health Analysis Ben Harder told HealthExec.

When it came to ranking hospitals by 12 specialties, those that topped the rankings practiced taking care of the most complex patients. Mayo Clinic made the top five hospitals for 9 out of 12 specialties. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked No. 1 in cancer, the Cleveland Clinic was No. 1 in cardiology & heart surgery, and Hospital for Special Surgery came in at No. 1 in orthopedics.

“Though not necessarily surprising, we found that hospitals that specialize in taking care of the sickest and most challenging patients in a particular specialty tended to get some of the best outcomes and consequently ranked highly in that specialty or specialties,” Harder told HealthExec. “That was true both for many dedicated specialty hospitals, such as cancer hospitals and orthopedic hospitals, and some other hospitals that experts have long recognized as leaders in cardiac care or other areas of complex specialty care."