July 17, 2003


Joann Rodgers Gary Stephenson
410-955-8659 410-955-5384
jrodgers@jhmi.edu gstephenson@jhmi.edu

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Tops U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" 13th Year in a Row

For the 13th consecutive year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has topped U.S. News & World Report's rankings of American hospitals.

This year's annual guide reports results of a survey of a hospital's reputation in 17 medical specialties among a national sample of doctors, along with analysis of objective indicators such as death rates, technology, nurse staffing, service mix and discharge planning.

This year, Hopkins again ranked in the top 10 in 16 of the specialty categories listed. In addition to landing at the top of the honor roll, the Hospital ranked #1 in Ear, Nose and Throat, Eye Care, Gynecology, and Urology; #2 in Geriatrics and Rheumatology; #3 in Cancer, Digestive Disorders, Hormonal Disorders, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Respiratory Disorders; # 4 in Orthopedics and Kidney Disease; # 6 in Heart and Heart Surgery and #12 in Rehabilitation.

In a letter to all employees, Johns Hopkins Medicine Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller, M.D., and Ronald R. Peterson, President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, said that "neither your contributions nor the magazine's recognition of your commitment is taken for granted."

"This year's top rank is a welcome and well-deserved tribute to our Hospital, its wonderful nurses and staff, the School of Medicine's faculty physicians and the many community physicians with whom we have close ties," they added. "It is a worthy acknowledgment of the innovative and compassionate patient care that is Hopkins's hallmark – and of the people who make that kind of care possible."

Miller and Peterson also commented that "as members of the public become increasingly educated about their health care choices, independent evaluations such as these rankings are of genuine value to them, our community, referring physicians and insurers."

Finally, they noted that "all of the medical centers on the magazine's honor roll are superb and, as we say each year, we are privileged to be in their good company."

As in previous years, Miller and Peterson, along with other executives and faculty, will personally hand out a small gift and thanks to all incoming shifts of employees, beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 18.

Coming in at #2 on the honor roll was Mayo Clinic, followed by UCLA Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, University of Michigan Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

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For a complete list of all rankings, go to http://www.USNews.com and/or http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org

To interview JHM leadership about the rankings, or to cover greetings and gifts to employees, contact Joann Rodgers 410-955-8659/ jrodgers@jhmi.edu or Gary Stephenson 410-955-5384/ gstephenson@jhmi.edu .



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