The annual U.S. News & World Report hospital rankings generate significant marketing power for institutions that earn high honors. Just ask leadership at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
For the 21st straight year, Hopkins has been named the nation's top hospital in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2011-2012, placing first in five specialties and in the top five in 10 other categories.
"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," Edward D. Miller, MD, dean and CEO of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a joint statement.
"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. 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."
The other Top Five finishers on the magazine's Honor Roll include at No. 2 Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; No. 3 Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, No. 4 Cleveland Clinic; and No. 5 Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.