Johns Hopkins Hospital reclaims top spot in U.S. News rankings of best hospitals

JHH has held top spot for 22 of 23 years; five specialty areas ranked No. 1

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital has regained the No. 1 spot in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best hospitals in the nation, which were released today.

Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Johns Hopkins had held the top spot for 21 consecutive years, but dropped to No. 2 in last year's rankings, behind Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, before moving back up this year.

"We're very pleased about that, because we had quite a story going," Ronald R. Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, told The Baltimore Sun. He said hospital executives hadn't set out to regain top honors, adding that he didn't understand how Johns Hopkins had fallen behind Mass. General last year.

"It's not absolutely clear to me that you can do anything just in a year's time," Peterson told The Sun. "So it's not exactly something you can necessarily plan for."

Johns Hopkins ranked No. 1 nationally in five specialty areas—Ear, Nose and Throat; Geriatrics; Neurology and Neurosurgery; Rheumatology; and Urology—and is among the top six in 15 of 16 specialty areas.

"It is a privilege to be in the company of all the excellent hospitals recognized in the magazine," Peterson said. "Kudos are owed to all our colleagues on the honor list for their national rankings."

According to U.S. News, nearly 10,000 specialists were surveyed and data for approximately 5,000 hospitals were examined to rank the best in 16 adult specialties. Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only 147 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties. A complete list and methodology of rankings is available on the U.S. News & World Report website.

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