The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked in the top five in 10 specialties and No. 3 overall in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of U.S. hospitals. In the magazine's ranking of hospitals at the state level, the hospital was named first in all specialties in Maryland and No. 1 in all specialties in Baltimore.
Members of Johns Hopkins leadership credit the employees for this acknowledgement.
"It is the people who make The Johns Hopkins Hospital one of the top in the nation," said Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "It is certainly gratifying to know that ¬U.S. News evaluated more than 4,800 hospitals and gave us top scores among the top hospitals in the United States."
"Looking at this list of Honor Roll hospitals, to say we are in good company is an understatement," says Dr. Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "All of these are exemplary institutions, and we send our sincere congratulations to our colleagues at Mayo Clinic, which is ranked No. 1 in the national rankings this year."
Rothman and Peterson sent a congratulatory gift basket to Dr. John H. Noseworthy, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. Noseworthy was treated to a number of Baltimore and Maryland themed delights, including Berger Cookies, Old Bay Seasoning, crab flavored popcorn, and Orioles peanuts.
Johns Hopkins earned the No. 1 ranking for 22 years—an unprecedented 21 years in a row from 1991 to 2011, and again in 2013. U.S. News rankings are based largely on complex measures of hospital performance, including reputation, as determined by results of a mailed and online survey to select physician specialists; outcome measures; and structural elements, such as hospital volume and technology.
"Our goal remains the same—to provide exceptional patient- and family-centered care," Rothman and Peterson stated in a congratulatory letter to staff. "Nothing has changed at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. We are still the same exemplary institution with some of the most gifted minds and compassionate and highly-skilled caregivers imaginable. And we are pleased to be recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country yet again."
In addition to landing in the No. 3 spot on U.S. News' Honor Roll of Best Hospitals, the hospital ranked No. 1 in Rheumatology; No. 2 in Ear, Nose & Throat; No. 3 in Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry and Urology; No. 4 in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, and Geriatrics; and No. 5 in Cancer.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Suburban Hospital were also recognized as achieving high performance in their respective regions in a number of specialties. To be included in the regional report, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one medical specialty.
In June, the magazine also recognized the Johns Hopkins Children's Center as among the United States' top children's hospitals, ranking it in the top 10 of the Honor Roll of Best Children's Hospitals that excelled in 10 pediatric specialty rankings. Johns Hopkins Children's earned a spot in the top 10 for four specialties, including No. 3 in Neurology & Neurosurgery, No. 7 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, and No. 9 in Pulmonology.