According to US News and World Report, the study showed that the third consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, claimed the number one spot in the annual honor roll of best hospitals. The study was published by US News and World Report. The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio holds the number two spot (again this year) in the annual honor roll, which highlights hospitals delivering "exceptional treatment across multiple areas of care."

The number three and four spots are also repeated from last year. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, holds the number three spot and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston holds the number four spot.

Hospitals And Health Centers

The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, is number five on this year's ranking, up from number six in last year's ranking, while UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, California, ranks sixth this year, down from the number five spot last year.

Rounding out the top 10 are UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles; Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital, Stanford, California; and New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, New York.

For nearly three decades, US News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide," Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at the magazine, said in a statement.

By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions, and specialties.

US News Best Hospitals

The US News Best Hospitals methods "are based largely or entirely on objective measures," according to the release, such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. Prominent changes to the 2018-2019 rankings methodology include more emphasis on patient outcomes and patient experience measures. 

The 2018-19 rankings compared more than 4500 hospitals across 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. This year, a total of 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. More than 1100 hospitals were rated high performing in at least one common procedure or condition, and 29 received a high-performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions evaluated.

Cleveland Clinic

In the 2018-2019 Best Hospitals: Specialty Rankings, as was the case for the prior two years,  the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center holds the number one spot in cancer, the Cleveland Clinic is number one in cardiology and heart surgery, and the Hospital for Special Surgery is number one in orthopedics.