Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked No. 2 in Nation
U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings also placed Brigham and Women's in the top 10.
For the second year in a row, Boston has two hospitals ranked inÂ theÂ top 10 on U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the bestÂ hospitals. This isÂ fantasticÂ news, but perhaps bittersweet for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) because it was number one last year. The reigning champ, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, held the top spot for 21 yearsÂ before MGH nudged it from its perch last year. And MGH is no Cinderella. The hospital is consistently rankedÂ near the top. Number two? Not so bad.
â€śA hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,â€ť says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health rankings editor. â€śOnly about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their regionâ€™s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.â€ť
MGH is ranked nationally in 16 adult specialties.Â U.S. News includedÂ Massachusetts Eye and Ear InfirmaryÂ in multiple specialties andÂ Spaulding Rehabilitation HospitalÂ in rehabilitation whenÂ evaluatingÂ MGH. Brigham and Women’sÂ HospitalÂ continues to lock down the ninth spot on the list. TheÂ hospitalÂ wasÂ ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties.Â Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteÂ was also included whenÂ evaluatingÂ the Brigham.
U.S. NewsÂ says that they publish Best HospitalsÂ to help guide patients:
…who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MedicalÂ Center, New England Baptist, and Tufts Medical Center also made the list.
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