5 MN Hospitals, Led By Mayo, Among Best In U.S.

Mayo Clinic ranked third in the country, while four other Minnesota hospitals earned a “national ranking” on the recently released list.
5 MN Hospitals, Led By Mayo, Among Best In U.S.

Five Minnesota hospitals were “nationally ranked” in the annual Best Hospitals list from U.S. News & World Report, and others from the state received high marks for their performance as well.

To compile its 24th-annual list, which is now available online, U.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and examined data for roughly 4,800 U.S. hospitals based on 16 medical specialties. (Complete methodology is available here.)

Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation are among the factors considered—and only 147 hospitals were “nationally ranked” in one or more specialties.

The top-ranked Minnesota hospital was once again Rochester-based Mayo Clinic. It was nationally ranked in all 16 categories and was recognized as the best in the nation for diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, nephrology, and pulmonology.

In addition to earning national rankings, Mayo also ranked third on the elite “honor roll” list, which includes hospitals that rank near the top of at least six specialties. Only 18 hospitals made the cut this year, and Mayo held its third position from last year’s list. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, earned the top spot this year.

“These endorsements reinforce our century-old commitment to provide the highest quality care to each patient every day,” Mayo President and CEO John Noseworthy said in a statement. “While no single set of measures can perfectly represent health care quality, we are proud to be recognized by so many.”

The four other Minnesota hospitals that earned a national ranking are Allina Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Allina Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, and St. John's Hospital in St. Paul.

“These rankings acknowledge everyone’s commitment to our mission—in all of our hospitals and clinics and within our communities—to always be the best for those we serve,” Allina Health Chief Clinical Officer Penny Wheeler said in a statement.

In addition to Minnesota’s five nationally ranked hospitals, 10 others from the state were deemed “high-performing.”

To see how Minnesota’s hospitals stacked up against one another, click here. For a list specific to the Twin Cities, which was topped by Allina Abbott Northwestern Hospital, click here.

Mayo Clinic in January announced ambitious plans for a $6 billion public-private development project dubbed the “Destination Medical Center.” A tax bill passed earlier this year reportedly commits the state to providing up to $327 million for the economic development project.

Mayo also said in late May that it plans to build a 22,000-square-foot sports medicine center to meet demand for its growing sports medicine and rehabilitation practice.