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The Johns Hopkins Hospital Ranked Number One Again By U.S.News & World Report - 07/19/2011

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Ranked Number One Again By U.S.News & World Report

Release Date: July 19, 2011

For the 21st year in a row, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has taken the top spot in U.S.News & World Report’s annual rankings of American hospitals, placing first in five medical specialties and in the top five in 10 others.

Even as they acknowledge their delight with the long, unbroken string of top rankings, the leadership of Johns Hopkins Medicine gave credit to those “who really make The Johns Hopkins Hospital number one.”

“No matter how historic or iconic, a building is merely bricks and mortar. It’s the dedicated people within that building who make it truly great. It’s our caring nurses and staff, the school of medicine’s faculty physicians, residents and fellows, and our many community physicians, all of whom dedicate themselves daily to providing the finest care to their patients,” said a joint letter of congratulations from Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “You are at the center of our continual search for better treatment, better answers and better discoveries. Our Hospital is exceptional because our people are exceptional.”

“This recognition caps an extraordinary year for Johns Hopkins Medicine,” Miller added.  We have added two outstanding hospitals to our system—Sibley Memorial Hospital and All Children’s Hospital. We’ve witnessed the near completion of our hospital expansion, one of the largest hospital building projects in the nation. We’ve expanded our presence overseas and implemented a host of other initiatives to ensure the continued strength and vitality of Johns Hopkins Medicine as we position ourselves for the future.”

“Whatever growth and change we experience, however, we will never waver from our core mission of advancing science and knowledge through research, educating the next generation of physicians and scientists, and providing the innovative and compassionate care that has been and forever will be the Hopkins hallmark,” Miller and Peterson said.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked in the top 10 in 15 of the 16 specialty categories listed. In addition to landing in the #1 spot on the Honor Roll, the hospital ranked #1 in Neurology and Neurosurgery, Urology, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, and Ear, Nose and Throat; #2 in Gynecology and Ophthalmology; #3 in Nephrology (kidney disorders), Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology (digestive diseases), Geriatrics, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Cancer; #4 in Pulmonology (respiratory diseases); #5 in Orthopedics; and #15 in Rehabilitation.

A detailed list of the rankings and information about how they are put together are available at www.hopkinsmedicine.org/usnews and at www.usnews.com/besthospitals .

In May, the magazine also recognized the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center as among the United States top children’s hospitals, ranking it in the top 10 Honor Roll that includes 11 children’s hospitals that excelled in four or more pediatric specialty rankings. Hopkins Children’s earned a spot in the top 10 for six specialties, including #3 in Neurology & Neurosurgery, #8 in Diabetes & Endocrinology, #9 in Cancer, Pulmonology and Urology, and #10 in Neonatology. Other pediatric specialties earning high marks include Orthopedics (#11), Gastroenterology (#12) and Nephrology (#12).

While emphasizing the potential usefulness to consumers of these kinds of third-party evaluations of clinical services, Miller and Peterson noted that “the various rankings and ratings that are available today all have their weaknesses and strengths, and those seeking the health care that is best for them are urged to consider a number of factors when making their decisions.” These include recommendations from their personal physicians and friends and family members, as well as an institution’s reputation in the community, its research prowess, and whether it has the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technology.

“We know that our patients have many fine hospitals from which to choose and we are very pleased they have put their trust in us. We, in turn, will honor this trust by providing patient-centered, compassionate care that sets the benchmark for quality,” they said.

This year’s guide reports rankings of 140 medical centers across the United States in 16 specialties, 12 of which were supported by hard data, such as mortality rates, volume of patients, the availability of new technologies, enhanced patient services, state-certified trauma care, nurse staffing strength, breadth of services, patient safety, discharge planning, the ratio of nurses to patients, certification as a Nurse Magnet Hospital, designation as a National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease treatment center, designation as a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, designation as an Epilepsy Center by the National Association of  Epilepsy Centers, and state certification as a trauma care center. Four specialties were ranked on the basis of reputation alone: ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology.

The reputational results were driven by a survey among a national sample of board-certified specialty physicians.

Other hospital members of Johns Hopkins Medicine listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2011-12 best hospital rankings include the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital. The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center was nationally ranked 13th in Geriatrics and was ranked as high-performing in the specialties of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology for the Baltimore metro region. Howard County General Hospital was also ranked as a top-performing hospital in the Baltimore metro area for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Pulmonology and Urology. In the Washington, D.C., metro area, Suburban was listed as a high-performing hospital in Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology, while Sibley was listed as high-performing in the areas of Gynecology and Orthopedics.

To be included in the metro area report, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one medical specialty.

For the Media

For media inquiries or to interview Johns Hopkins Medicine leadership, contact Gary Stephenson at gstephenson@jhmi.edu or 410-955-5384.

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