July 13, 2001
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital Tops U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" 11 Years In A Row

For the 11th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of American hospitals has placed The Johns Hopkins Hospital at the top of the list.

"Our achievement this year is yet another grand opportunity to thank all employees for all that they do for Johns Hopkins Medicine and our patients," said Edward D. Miller, M.D., CEO and dean of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "All our doctors, nurses and staff come to Hopkins every day to help the sick, advance knowledge and increase people’s access to the highest quality medical care. This is a welcome and well-deserved tribute to our Hospital, its wonderful staff, the School of Medicine’s faculty physicians and the many community physicians with whom we have close ties."

"Independent evaluations, such as this one by U.S. News & World Report, are of real value, to primary care physicians and insurers and to those of us who strive always to improve the care we give our patients," said Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "It’s important, as we say each year, to note that all of the medical centers on the magazine’s honor roll are superb, and we are privileged to be in their good company."

This year’s annual guide reports results of a survey of a hospital’s reputation in 17 medical specialities among a national sample of doctors, along with analysis of objective indicators derived from government information on such factors as death rates, technology, nurse staffing, service mix and discharge planning. This year, Hopkins ranked in the top 10 in specialty categories listed. In addition to landing at the top of the honor roll, the Hospital ranked #1 in Ear/Nose/Throat, Eyes, Gynecology and Urology. Once again ranked #2 were Geriatrics and Rheumatology. Digestive Disorders also garnered a #2 ranking (up from #3 last year). Ranked again at #3 were Cancer, Hormonal Disorders, Respiratory Disorders, Neurology/Neurosurgery and Pediatrics. Heart remained at #4, as did Orthopedics. Psychiatry retained a #5 ranking and Kidney earned a #6 (up from #10). Rounding out the list is Rehabilitation at #15 (up from #19).

In what has become an annual tribute to employees’ contributions to Hopkins’ excellence, faculty physicians and senior administrators will greet all shifts Friday morning when the news becomes public to thank them and present a keepsake gift.

Coming in at #2 on the honor roll was The Mayo Clinic, followed by Massachusetts General Hospital (3), Cleveland Clinic (4), UCLA Medical Center (5), Duke University Medical Center (6), Barnes-Jewish Hospital (7), University of Michigan Medical Center (7), University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (9), Stanford University Hospital (10), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (11), University of Washington Medical Center (12), New York-Presbyterian Hospital (13), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (14), University of Chicago Hospitals (15) and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (16).

Interviews can be arranged with Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean of the Hopkins medical school and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.


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