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NeuroNow - Third Time Is Still a Charm

NeuroNow Winter 2013

Third Time Is Still a Charm

Date: January 1, 2013


Third Time Is Still a Charm

The doctors, nurses and other staff in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery strive to deliver the best care possible every day—and when that’s validated by a national ranking, it’s certainly something to celebrate. For the third year in a row, Johns Hopkins was ranked the best hospital in the country for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S.News & World Report.

For its annual “Best Hospitals” issue, the magazine surveys nearly 10,000 doctors in specialty fields and sifts through data for about 5,000 hospitals, including information on patient survival, patient safety and hospital reputation. The publication then incorporates this information into a complex algorithm to rank hospitals across the country in 16 adult specialties.

For Hopkins to receive this honor yet again “is a great morale booster for me and everyone in the departments who works so hard every day to deliver the very best of care to our patients,” says Justin McArthur, director of the Department of Neurology. “It shows that we are indeed fulfilling the original mission as stated by Johns Hopkins that patient care, research and teaching should supplement one another.”

There are probably many reasons why Hopkins continues to dominate these rankings, say McArthur and Henry Brem, director of the Department of Neurosurgery—among them are the close collaborations between the two departments and strong nursing leadership in both. Neurology and neurosurgery at Hopkins also combine compassion with curiosity, they add, part of the hospital’s strong tradition of looking for innovative ways to treat patients.

Though the departments continue to dominate their fields, says McArthur, there’s no time to rest on laurels. Hopkins will continue to strive for excellence, he says, regardless of its national rankings.

“The actual rankings are less important to me than the journey to get to number one,” McArthur says. “The quality of the teams that we have built to deliver this level of excellence in neurological care is the prize for me.”

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