Johns Hopkins Hospital regains No. 1 ranking

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has regained its spot atop U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of American hospitals—the 22nd time in the past 23 years that it has held the distinction.

"Given the competitive, rapidly changing health care environment and the realization that U.S. News evaluated more than 4,806 hospitals, we hope you share our incredible pride in achieving this top-tier ranking among the best hospitals in the United States," Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a joint announcement.

Johns Hopkins also placed first in five medical specialties, including ear, nose, and throat; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; rheumatology; and urology.