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Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked among nation's best hospitals by 'U.S. News'

Hopkins ranks No. 3 overall, among top 5 in nine specialty areas

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranks in the top five in nine specialties and No. 3 overall in the nation out of more than 4,700 hospitals in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list, which was released today.

In the U.S. News rankings of 16 specialty areas, Johns Hopkins is No. 1 in Rheumatology; No. 3 in Ear, Nose & Throat; No. 3 in Neurology & Neurosurgery; No. 3 in Ophthalmology; No. 3 in Psychiatry; No. 4 in Urology; No. 5 in Diabetes & Endocrinology; No. 5 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; and No. 5 in Geriatrics.

"We cannot offer excellent care or earn national accolades without the people who work at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine," says Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "The nurses, faculty, and staff deliver the promise of medicine every single day, and for this we are grateful."

The U.S. News & World Report list ranks 4,716 hospitals. Johns Hopkins shares the No. 3 overall spot with UCLA Medical Center. Massachusetts General Hospital secured the No. 1 overall spot, and the Mayo Clinic is second.

"We are in excellent company and delighted to be among institutions that continue to aim to deliver the very best care to patients," says Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital earned the No. 1 overall ranking for 22 years, including an unprecedented 21 years in a row from 1991 to 2011. The methodology used by U.S. News to determine hospital rankings is based on four complex measures: reputation among physicians, patient safety, outcomes, and structural elements such as technology and other resources that define the hospital environment.

In the magazine's ranking of hospitals in Maryland, Johns Hopkins was again ranked No. 1 in all specialties. It also ranked No. 1 in all specialties in Baltimore.

Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, was ranked No. 6 in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. To be included in the regional report, a hospital had to score in the top 10 percent among its peers in at least one medical specialty or be high-performing in two of five common care procedures or diseases.

The complete rankings can be found at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings.

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