Mayo Clinic Crowned Atop ‘Best Hospitals’ List for Fourth Time in Five Years

Mayo Clinic Crowned Atop ‘Best Hospitals’ List for Fourth Time in Five Years

The health care institution also placed first on the state-specific “Best Hospital” lists in Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.

U.S. News and World Report has again named Rochester’s Mayo Clinic the “Best Hospital” in the nation. The local health care institution and nonprofit earned the top spot last year and has now done so every one of the last five years—excluding the 2015-2016 list when it was the runner-up.

Hospital rankings are determined by scores tallied in 16 fields of specialized care as well as their strength in treating nine bellwether procedures and conditions such as heart failure and lung cancer surgery.

Mayo ranked no lower than 7th in the nation in all but one of the 16 specialized fields of care: ophthalmology. In all other specialization categories, including cancer, geriatrics and orthopedics, Mayo took home the gold, silver or bronze 11 times. Their full ranking breakdown for the 2018-2019 list is available here.

“Mayo Clinic is different. Within moments of walking through our doors, our patients say they can sense that difference — and it often gives them fresh hope,” said Mayo Clinic president and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy in a statement. “This ranking recognizes Mayo Clinic as a destination medical center for patients with complex and serious illnesses, our staff’s total commitment to patient care, and the extraordinary depth and breadth of our medical practice.”

This year’s “Best Hospitals” list will be the last time Mayo was crowned first with Dr. Noseworthy at its helm. After announcing in February his intention to retire from the health care institution by the year’s end, his replacement was picked last week. Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, the CEO of Mayo’s Florida campus, was chosen to take over at the start of 2019.

Notably, Mayo’s branch in Jacksonville was given the top prize on U.S. News and World Report’s rankings for hospitals in Florida this year. Its Arizona campus also took home the top prize in its state-specific category.

In Minnesota, Abbott Northwestern was named the state’s “Best Hospital” after Mayo. St. Cloud Hospital took home third. Rounding out the top five were Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

U.S. News and World Report’s Minnesota-specific “Best Hospitals” list is available here.