Mayo Clinic keeps top ranking in

Marsha Scott
August 9, 2017

The hospital was also listed as "high performing" in eight of the nine adult procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm fix, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

Duke University Hospital was nationally ranked in 13 categories, unchanged from the previous ranking, and selected as the No. 17 hospital in the USA, down one spot.

Cancer care was included in the top 50 for the first time - although it has consistently been designated as High Performing for many years.

The integration between the two is part of what fuels the Mankato hospital's high standing, said Dr. James Hebl, regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System in southwestern Minnesota. Similarly, its urology program has ranked as No. 1 or No. 2 in the U.S. News report for the past 18 years.

In a separate ranking released in June, U.S. News named Monroe Carell Jr. Bringham and Women's Hospital, another top institution for care in Boston, was ranked second in the state. The best hospital for orthopedics is Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

U.S News & World Report also ranked the Best Children's Hospitals. Florida hospital rose up two ranks from sixth place and ORMC rose up from 11th place.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is among the top hospitals in the state, according to rankings released Tuesday.

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There were 152 hospitals nationally ranked in at least one specialty.

U.S. News evaluates data on almost 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, nine adult procedures and conditions, and 10 pediatric specialties.

The publication ranks the 50 top-scoring hospitals in 16 specialties primarily using data based on four elements - survival, patient safety, care-related factors like nurse staffing and patient services, and "expert opinion" obtained through a physician survey.

Northwestern also remained at the top of the list of best hospital in IL for the sixth year in a row, followed by Rush University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate Christ Medical Center and NorthShore University Health-Evanston Hospital. They provide yet another tool and a starting point for curious consumers who want to research their local hospitals.

For instance, the highest-ranking hospitals aren't always the best choice.

By the same token, some of the hospitals that didn't make it to U.S. News lists aren't necessarily bad hospitals. "Our goal is not to compare each hospital to its past self, but rather to compare it to other contemporary hospitals".

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