July 17, 1998
For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of American hospitals has placed The Johns Hopkins Hospital at the top of the list.
The magazine's ninth annual guide to America's Best Hospitals, dated July 27 and on newsstands this Monday, reports results of a survey of a hospital's reputation in 16 medical specialities among a national sample of physicians, along with analysis of objective indicators derived from government data on death rates, technology, staffing, facilities and discharge planning.
Conducted by the magazine in conjunction with reputable outside organizations, the analysis and survey have been modified every year to refine the categories and invest them with more reliable criteria.
"We're in agreement with those who point out that all of the medical centers in the magazine's top 10 honor roll are superb, and we are indeed privileged to be in their company," according to a joint statement from Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO/Dean Edward D. Miller, M.D., and Johns Hopkins Hospital President Ronald R. Peterson.
"Of course," they added, "we're delighted at this tribute to our Hospital, its incredibly fine staff, the School of Medicine's faculty physicians and the many community physicians with whom we have close ties. The overarching value of such recognition is that it reminds us that our primary job is making sure, year after year, that the highest quality care is given to our patients."
Setting the tone for the Hospital's celebration of the event, faculty physician leadership and senior administrators planned to greet all shifts of employees Friday morning when the news becomes public to thank them and present a keepsake gift. "No matter what the results happened to be, this was a grand opportunity to thank our employees for all that they do for Johns Hopkins Medicine and our patients," said Miller and Peterson. "All of our doctors, nurses and staff come to Hopkins every day to help the sick, advance knowledge and increase people's access to the highest quality medical care. In an era when any hospital can hire an ad agency and declare itself excellent, independent published rankings are of some real value to the public, primary care physicians and insurers."
Hopkins Hospital has been ranked #1 by the magazine since 1991. In 1990, when the annual rankings began, Hopkins was #2. To make the honor roll, a hospital must rank high in at least six of the 16 specialities. This year Hopkins ranked in the top ten in 15 of the 16 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, otolaryngology, and urology; second in ophthalmology and rheumatology; third in cancer, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, neurology/neurosurgery and pediatrics; fourth in orthopedics, psychiatry and pulmonary medicine; eighth in cardiology and 17th in rehabilitation medicine. (For the first time in several years, AIDS treatment was not ranked.)
To make the U.S. News honor roll, a hospital had to attain a high score in at least six of 16, specialities and extra points were awarded for ranking two or more standard deviations above the mean. Rounding out the honor roll behind Hopkins, in rank order, were Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Stanford University Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago Hospitals tied with University of Michigan Medical Center, and University of Washington Medical Center.