Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals ranked among best hospitals in the country

For the 2017-2018 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

"Covering almost every hospital in every U.S. community, U.S. News offers deep, rich data that patients can use to help them make informed decisions about where to receive surgical or medical care", Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said in a press release.

U.S. News gave United Kingdom "high-performing" marks in gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Only 3 percent of hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.

U.S. News also ranked hospitals by each state, and Hopkins came in first in the comparison of Maryland hospitals.

According to the study, the Cleveland Clinic is the best hospital system in Ohio. It has one ranked adult specialty, ear, nose and throat, which ranks 37th. Some specialty rankings are also based on hospital reputation, which is determined by surveying over 125,000 physicians across the country.

This is the second straight year Mayo Clinic has earned the top honor, after finishing second to Massachusetts General Hospital in 2015.

Two Pittsburgh hospitals are being recognized as among the best in America. The Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 2, followed by Johns Hopkins Hospital at No. 3, up from No. 4 a year ago.

The hospital also scored high in nephrology (28), pulmonology (28), geriatrics (31), cancer (37), gastroenterology and GI surgery (37), neurology and neurosurgery (43) and orthopedics (45).

Both hospitals received accolades for speciality care. Summa's Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals ranked 18th, and Lake Hospital scored 26th. Additionally, the health care system was designated high performing in eight common adult procedures and conditions: Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Colon Cancer Surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, and Lung Cancer Surgery.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC was ranked number 9 in the country on that list.

UT Medical was beat out for best in the state by nationally ranked Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

On Monday, Medical University Hospital CEO Pat Cawley declined to discuss the new rankings before they were officially published Tuesday.

The ranking recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. The hospital's daily census has been near capacity for years, and it has been battling a nursing shortage - relying on hundreds of traveling nurses to fill the gaps.


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