July 18, 1997
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For the seventh year in a row, The Johns Hopkins Hospital is at the top of the U.S. News & World Report annual, national "Honor Roll" of hospitals. JHM CEO and Dean Edward D. Miller and Hospital and Health System President Ronald R. Peterson set the tone for the celebration:
"To stay at the top of U.S. News & World Report's annual 'Honor Roll' of hospitals for a seventh straight year is a heartwarming and deserved tribute to every member of the Hopkins Medicine family. To be in the company of the nations' best hospitals would be sufficient; to be #1, again, when the rapid changes in health care constantly challenge our commitment to excellence, is to make us extraordinarily proud of our employees' dedication. We congratulate our sister institutions and colleagues around the nation who share the 'Honor Roll' with us."
Hopkins Hospital has ranked #1 in the survey since 1991. In 1990, when the annual survey started, Hopkins was #2. To make the honor roll, a hospital must rank high in at least six of 17 specialties. Hopkins ranked in the top ten in 16 of the 17 specialty categories listed by the magazine.
This year, in addition to landing at the top of the overall rankings, the Hospital ranked first in gynecology, ophthalmology and urology; second in AIDS, gastroenterology and rheumatology; third in neurology, cancer, otolaryngology and pediatrics; fourth in orthopedics, pulmonary medicine ( the first time the magazine has ranked this category), endocrinology and geriatrics; fifth in psychiatry and eigth in cardiology. The Hospital also ranked fourteenth in rehabilitation medicine.