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Massachusetts General, Mayo Clinic Keep Top Psychiatry
and Neurology Spots in U.S. News & World Report's
'Best Hospitals' Survey

by Tina Beychok

U.S. News & World Report released its 11th annual "America's Best Hospitals" rankings in conjunction with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, in the July 14 issue.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was listed as the best hospital in the specialty of psychiatry for the second consecutive year. New York Presbyterian Hospital came in second, up from the No. 4 position last year. The remainder of the top 10 psychiatric hospitals list includes:

  1. McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.
  2. C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital in Topeka, Kan.
  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
  4. University of California, Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatric Hospital
  5. Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn.
  6. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
  7. Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
  8. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Mayo Clinic also retained its No. 1 rank in the neurology and neurosurgery rankings. Others in the top 10 in those categories include:

  1. Massachusetts General Hospital
  2. Johns Hopkins Hospital
  3. New York Presbyterian Hospital
  4. University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center
  5. Cleveland Clinic
  6. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
  7. UCLA Medical Center
  8. Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis
  9. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

In the "Honor Roll" of best overall hospitals, Johns Hopkins Hospital took first place, followed by Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. In order for a hospital to qualify for the "Honor Roll," the facility need high scores in at least six of the 17 specialties examined.

Surveys were sent to 150 board-certified specialists in each area, for a total of 2,550 doctors, who were asked to rank their top five hospital choices in the United States. Scores reflect the percentage of survey respondents who named a hospital over the previous three years. This year, out of 6,247 hospitals, 173 made the final cut.

The survey assesses hospital care in selected specialties nationwide. These included AIDS, cancer, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, rheumatology, kidney disease and urology. Reputation, mortality and quality of care factors such as technology and nursing care combine to make up the total score.

All hospitals had to be a member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least nine out of 17 technological services available. In order to qualify as an outstanding facility, each hospital had to perform a certain number of procedures within each specialty area.

The rankings in four additional specialties -- psychiatry, ophthalmology, pediatrics and rehabilitation -- are based solely on reputation, since certain objective data such as mortality rates are not relevant and other reliable medical indicators do not exist. -- TB

Links to the top hospitals (2000)