Mayo Tops List of 5 MN Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

U.S. News & World Report ranked five Minnesota hospitals among the best in the nation for at least one of 16 medical specialties—and it ranked Mayo Clinic third on an elite list of only 17 U.S. hospitals that are among the best in at least six specialties.

Five Minnesota hospitals received top national rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” report, which was released Monday.

To compile its 23rd annual rankings, U.S. News & World Report examined data for about 5,000 hospitals. It ranked hospitals in 16 medical specialties based on patient safety and a “reputation score,” which is based on a survey of physicians, among other measures.

To receive a so-called “national ranking,” hospitals “must excel across a range of tough cases within a given specialty”—and only 148 hospitals made the cut this year.

Hospitals that were ranked at or near the top of at least six of the 16 specialties were included in U.S. News & World Report’s elite “honor roll” list.

The five Minnesota hospitals to receive national rankings are: Rochester-based Mayo Clinic; the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis; Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis; St. Cloud Hospital; and United Hospital in St. Paul.

The Mayo Clinic received the highest marks among Minnesota hospitals, ranking nationally in 16 adult and 10 pediatric specialties. It topped the national lists for diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, and gynecology, and was among the nation’s top five hospitals for several other specialties.

“More than any other health care organization, Mayo Clinic’s model of care is defined by teamwork, with a group of experts focusing their expertise on one patient at a time,” Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy said in a statement. “U.S. News is an important ranking that patients and Mayo Clinic take seriously.”

The University of Minnesota Medical Center ranked nationally in 11 adult and six pediatric specialties. Among those specialties, it ranked highest, 17th, for pulmonology.

Abbott Northwestern ranked nationally in seven adult specialties—including a 13th-place ranking for orthopedics. St. Cloud Hospital ranked 49th in the nation for the ear, nose, and throat specialty, the only category in which it received a national ranking. United Hospital of St. Paul also ranked nationally in one specialty: diabetes and endocrinology, for which it ranked 40th.

Ken Paulus—CEO and president of Allina Health, which operates Abbott Northwestern and United Hospital—said in a statement that “these rankings recognize our dedication to provide exceptional care.”

Seventeen hospitals from throughout the country made this year’s elite “honor roll” of hospitals that ranked among the best in at least six specialties.

The Mayo Clinic was the only Minnesota hospital to make the list, ranking third in the nation. Mayo also ranked third on last year’s honor roll.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston topped this year’s honor roll, displacing Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, which had topped the list for 21 years.

Ten Minnesota hospitals that didn’t receive a national ranking were recognized as “high-performing” in various specialties. To view the full list of Minnesota hospitals that were included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual study, click here.