U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: JOHNS HOPKINS AGAIN RANKS #1
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Hospitals" survey today, with Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital
topping the list for the sixth straight year. The rankings,
which will appear in Monday's edition of the magazine, are based
on an evaluation of 1,961 hospitals throughout the nation (U.S.
NEWS & WORLD REPORT release, 8/2). The ratings, determined by
the National Opinion Research Center at the University of
Chicago, were based on overall quality, 16 specialty categories,
use of advanced technology, reputation among physicians and
"objective measures such as nurse-to-bed ratios and death rates."
A total of 126 medical centers earned one or more spots on the
list, Baltimore SUN reports (Bor, 8/2). To qualify for the
rankings, hospitals had to be a member of the Council of Teaching
Hospitals, "be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least
half" of the "significant" medical technology items listed by the
magazine, USA TODAY reports (Madden, 8/2).
CONGRATULATIONS: Johns Hopkins Hospital made the "Best
Hospitals" list in all 16 specialties and received top rankings
for its work in gynecology, ophthalmology and urology. Johns
Hopkins Hospital President Dr. James Block said, "It's
interesting that six years in a row this has happened. ... At the
same time, a number of other organizations have reached this
conclusion. I think it's fair to say that there is something to
this" (SUN, 8/2).
BEST OF THE BEST: The 16 "Honor Roll" hospitals, according
to the survey and listed in descending order are: Johns Hopkins
Hospital, Baltimore; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Massachusetts
General Hospital, Boston; UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles; Duke
University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; Cleveland Clinic;
University of California San Francisco Medical Center; Brigham
and Women's Hospital, Boston; University of Texas, M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center, Houston; (tie) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis;
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; University of
Washington Medical Center, Seattle; University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics, Iowa City; New York University Medical Center;
University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor; Stanford
University Hospital, Stanford, CA (U.S. NEWS release, 8/2).
AREN'T YOU SPECIAL: Top hospitals in specialty categories
are: AIDS, San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center;
Cancer, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York;
Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic; Geriatrics, University of
California at Los Angeles Medical Center; Gynecology, Johns
Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester,
MN; Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, Boston; Psychiatric Care,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (USA TODAY, 8/2).
TOUGH TIMES: Dr. John Bartlett, head of Johns Hopkins' AIDS
service, said, "the best hospitals are part of academic medical
centers struggling to maintain quality at a time when health
plans are looking for the cheapest providers." He added, "All
the hospitals are asking how they can maintain that quality in an
era of managed care" (SUN, 8/2).