Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media contacts:
Gary Stephenson
410-955-5384; [email protected]
Joann Rodgers
410-955-8659; [email protected]
July 8, 2005

For the 15th consecutive year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has topped U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of American hospitals.
This year’s annual guide reports rankings of American medical centers in 17 specialties. It was designed to identify hospitals that excel in a variety of difficult areas of care, according to the magazine’s editors. Just 176 hospitals among the nation’s 6,007 medical centers scored high enough to rank in even a single area and only 16 accumulated enough points to make it to the Honor Roll topped by Hopkins and reserved for medical centers that placed at or near the top in at least six specialties.
Hopkins earned 32 points in 16 areas by placing #1 in Ear, Nose & Throat, Gynecology, Kidney Disease (up from #2 last year), Rheumatology (up from #2 last year) and Urology; #2 in Ophthalmology, Geriatrics, and Neurology & Neurosurgery; #3 in Cancer, Digestive Disorders, Heart & Heart Surgery (up from #4 last year), Hormonal Disorders, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Respiratory Disorders; and #4 in Orthopedics. Hopkins’ Rehabilitation services placed 14th. For a detailed and complete list of all rankings, go to or to the U.S. News & World Report Web site at .
According to the magazine’s editors, the rankings were based on a point formula that comprised a combination of hard data and reputational surveys among a sampling of board-certified physicians randomly selected from the American Medical Association’s list of all 811,000 U.S. doctors.
In 12 of the 17 specialties, ranked hospitals were measured on such factors as mortality ratios, severity of illnesses treated, nurse staffing, use of key technologies, patient and community services, commitment to research and use of advanced treatment guidelines. Certification as a Nurse Magnet facility, a designation Hopkins nursing holds, was also a criterion.
In a joint letter announcing the good news to all employees, Johns Hopkins Medicine Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller, M.D., and Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, said the recognition is “as always a tribute to the Hospital, its dedicated nurses and staff, the School of Medicine’s faculty physicians and the community physicians whose contributions are significant.”
They also noted the efforts under way by all employees, donors and alumni  to “rebuild, renew, enrich and expand our services and facilities,” and to assure continued commitment to safety and excellence. “We appreciate the magazine’s recognition of your commitment, but most of all we appreciate all of you,” they said. “We can’t say it too often: the rankings are a worthy acknowledgment of the innovative and compassionate patient care that is Hopkins’s hallmark - and of the people who make that kind of care possible.”
Miller and Peterson also commented that “such independent evaluations as these rankings are of growing value to patients, the public, referring physicians and insurers.”
While acknowledging the impressive record of winning 15 years in a row, Miller and Peterson congratulated all of the medical centers on the magazine’s honor roll. “Our presence on the list puts us in great company,” they said.
This year’s “Employee Thank You” celebration will again include distribution of small gifts to all hands by JHM leaders and managers on Friday, July 8.
Coming in at #2 on the Honor Roll was the Mayo Clinic; rounding out the top 10 were:
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Cleveland Clinic, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York, Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle and UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco.

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To interview JHM leadership about the rankings, or to cover greetings and gifts to employees, contact Joann Rodgers or Gary Stephenson at [email protected] or [email protected]