Detroit is getting a lot of negative press lately. But here’s a bright spot for the Motor City: It is one of five cities deemed to be home to the greatest number of top hospitals in the nation, according to the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.
Most of the hospitals on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll have a strong affiliation with a university.
New York City – home to two hospitals on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll and 55 top-ranked hospitals – was the number one metro area in this year’s rankings, followed by Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Washington, DC.
Detroit had 25 top-ranked hospitals on the 2013-14 list, including the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor, which earned top rankings in 12 areas of specialty, and Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, which made it to the top rankings in seven areas of specialty.
Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital advanced the most rungs in the ladder – jumping from the #12 spot last year to #6 this year …
The U.S. News annual rankings are based on the evaluations of nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country, spanning 16 areas of medical specialty. Of these, a select group of 18 hospitals were named to this year’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll for ranking near or at the top of at least six medical specialties.
2013-14 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll – Top Ten
- Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
- Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)
- Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)
- Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH)
- UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles, CA)
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL)
- New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (New York, NY)
- UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco, CA)
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA)
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA)
Source: U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals
Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital advanced the most rungs in the ladder – jumping from the #12 spot last year to #6 this year, according to the report. On the flip side, Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University dropped the furthest, from #6 in last year’s rankings, to #15 in the 2013-14 review.
Most of the hospitals on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll have a strong affiliation with a university. Top ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital is part of Johns Hopkins Medicine, “a $6.7 billion system [that] unites the physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the health professionals and facilities that make up the broad, integrated Johns Hopkins Health System,” according to its website.
Massachusetts General Hospital (#2) is the largest teaching hospital of Harvard University, while Brigham and Women’s Hospital (#9) is the second-largest teaching hospital of Harvard.
A total of 147 hospitals were ranked among the top 50 in one or more specialty areas. In addition to national rankings, U.S. News & World Report also publishes regional rankings, which provide a list of top hospitals by city or state.