What Are the Top Five Hospitals in the United States?


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The top five overall hospitals in the United States for 2014-15 are the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and the UCLA Medical Center. These rankings are from the annual U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.

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U.S. News & World Report carries out an annual review of hospitals nationwide, updated every July. Over 5,000 medical centers are scored on their performance handling difficult cases in 16 different specialties, including cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose & throat; and gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery. Other specialties covered in the scoring system include geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology & neurosurgery; and orthopedics. In addition, U.S. News & World Report considers the specialties of pulmonology; urology; ophthalmology; psychiatry and rheumatology, in addition to looking at rehabilitation scores.

Hospital scores on 12 out of 16 of these specialties are ranked based on hard data, such as death rates of challenging patients, and the availability of resources such as nurse staffing. In addition, physicians are asked to name hospitals they consider the best in their specialty; this survey of hospital reputation is used to assist in calculating the rankings. The remaining four specialties are ranked solely on the hospital's reputation among physicians in those specialties, using data from the latest three annual surveys. Hospitals with the highest scores in at least six specialities are listed in the Honor Roll.

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