July 9, 1999
For the ninth 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 10th annual guide to America's Best Hospitals, dated July 19 and on newsstands this Monday, July 12, reports results of a survey of a hospital's reputation in 16 medical specialities among a national sample of 2,400 board-certified specialist physicians, along with analysis of objective indicators derived from government data on death rates, technology, staffing, facilities, outpatient and community services, 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. This year, the magazine ranked 188 qualifying hospitals (up from 132 last year), and placed 13 on its "Honor Roll."
"Of course we're delighted," said a joint statement from Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO/Dean Edward D. Miller, M.D., and Johns Hopkins Hospital President Ronald R. Peterson. "It's a welcome tribute to our Hospital, its wonderful staff, the School of Medicine's faculty physicians and the many community physicians with whom we have close ties. It's a valued reminder that our primary job is making sure, year after year, that the highest quality care is given to our patients."
But, they added, "we also agree with those who point out that all of the medical centers in the magazine's top 13 honor roll are superb, and we are indeed privileged to be in their company."
In what has now become almost a traditional summer celebration and recognition of employees' contribution to Hopkins success, faculty physicians 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 happen to be, this is 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. This year Hopkins ranked in the top tier in 14 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 #1 in Ear, Nose and Throat (otolaryngology), Eye Care (ophthalmology), Gynecology and Urology; #2 in Rheumatology; #3 in Cancer, Digestive Tract (gastroenterology), Geriatrics, Hormonal Disorders (endocrinology), and Pediatrics; #4 in Neurology and Neurosurgery and Orthopedics; #5 in Psychiatry; and #6 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery.
To make the U.S. News Honor Roll, a hospital had to attain a high competency score in at least six of the 16 specialities. Listed hospitals scored two or more standard deviations above the mean on the magazine's index and extra points were awarded for ranking above two standard deviations. Rounding out the Honor Roll behind Hopkins, in rank order, were: Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, New York Presbyterian, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian, and University of Chicago Hospitals.