The most well-known of a series of hospital rankings is a powerful marketing tool, but one observer says he is troubled that none of the various "rating schemes" use state and federal inspection data in their evaluations.
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U.S. News & World Report released its much anticipated 24th annual Best Hospitals ranking Tuesday with familiar hospitals holding the coveted top spots.
The only drama came when Johns Hopkins Hospital reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the magazine's honor roll, a distinction it had held from 1991 through 2011, but which it lost last year to Massachusetts General Hospital. Mass General had to settle for silver this year, dropping to No. 2 on the list. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN came in third.
Johns Hopkins Hospital officials were positively giddy with the news and issued a press statement crowing that the Baltimore hospital was "back on top."
"Given the competitive, rapidly changing health care environment and the realization that U.S. News evaluated more than 4,806 hospitals, we hope you share our incredible pride in achieving this top-tier ranking among the best hospitals in the United States," said a joint letter to employees and staff from Paul B. Rothman, MD, dean of the medical faculty 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.