Mayo Clinic Tops ‘Best Hospitals’ List for Third Time in Four Years

Mayo Clinic Tops ‘Best Hospitals’ List for Third Time in Four Years

Abbott Northwestern earned the top spot among the hospitals in the Twin Cities area.

Rochester’s Mayo Clinic has once again been crowned the Best Hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Its No. 1 placement on the 2017-2018 list marks the third time in four years that Mayo Clinic has received the top honors.

For the past 28 years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked medical centers, this year with nearly 5,000 in the mix. To determine its list, the Washington D.C.-based media company surveys tens of thousands of physicians from across the country. Responses gathered from the surveys allow the publication to weigh how one hospital’s survival rates, patient safety, specialized staff and reputation compares to another.

Ultimately, hospitals are ranked in 16 specialties and the score received from those specialties and other factors decide where a hospital lands on its list.

“Patients and their families use rankings such as this to decide where they’re going to go for their care,” Mayo president and CEO John Noseworthy said in a video response to the list.  “And when they look at the rankings, they see that Mayo Clinic has more firsts, seconds and thirds than any other medical center in the country.”

Altogether, Mayo earned the number one spot in six specialties: diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; and neurology and neurosurgery. It also ranked second in cardio and heart surgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. Mayo’s only third place ranking was in its cancer specialty.

“[Patients] recognize that for complex needs, if they come to Mayo Clinic, those can be addressed by a wide array of expertise focused on their problems,” Noteworthy added.

However, Mayo wasn’t alone on the list.

Twelve out of the 142 Minnesota hospitals considered on the list were “nationally ranked” in certain specialties, or were deemed to be “high performing” when it came to specific procedures or conditions.

In a repeat from last year, Abbott Northwestern, which is run by Minneapolis-based Allina Health, was selected as the best hospital in the Twin Cities area.

Allina Health chief executive Penny Wheeler said in a statement that the company was “especially proud” of the hospital’s high ranking.

“We focus on quality and aim high for the patients and communities we are so privileged to serve,” she said, “and I am gratified that the exceptional care our team is dedicated to delivering every day through the organization is being recognized.”