US News: Cleveland Clinic Once Again Ranked as Top Heart Hospital

The Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH) ranks number 1 among the nation’s best hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery for the 18th consecutive year, according to US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals,” published online July 17, 2012.

To evaluate hospitals in the cardiology field, US News’ ranking system is based on an overall score determined primarily by 4 categories: reputation, patient survival, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

For 2012-2013, the Cleveland Clinic received the maximum US News score of 100, with 64.8% of responding specialists naming the institution as the best for handling difficult cardiology cases. The Cleveland Clinic also received the highest ratings for patient volume (13,792 Medicare inpatient discharges from 2008-2010), and nurse staffing (2.4 nurses per patient), as well as much better than expected 30-day survival in complex patients (10 on a 10 point scale, indicating the highest survival rate relative to other hospitals).

Of the more than 700 hospitals listed in the US News under Cardiology and Heart Surgery, the top 50 are ranked based on score. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 1,308 inpatients in need of high-level expertise in the respective specialty were treated there in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Below are the top 10, with the top 3 remaining in the same order as the 2011-2012 rankings (table 1).

Table 1. Top 10 Cardiology and Heart Surgery Hospitals for 2012-2013

Rank

Reputation

Survival

1. Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

64.8%

10

2. Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

52.2%

8

3. Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

25.1%

10

4. NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
New York, NY

13.8%

10

5. Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

16.9%

9

6. Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital
Houston, TX

17.1%

9

7. Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

15.1%

9

8. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

8.2%

10

9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

17.2%

9

10. Mt. Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY

5.0%

10


Most of the top 10 heart and heart surgery hospitals also appear in the “honor roll” of the overall highest ranked hospitals, though not in the same order. Just 17 of the nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated for 2012-2013 qualified by achieving high scores in at least 6 specialties. The final order was based on points, with 2 points awarded for ranking at or close to the top in a specialty and 1 point for coming in slightly lower. Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) broke Johns Hopkins’ (Baltimore, MD) 2-decade streak and ranks first this year (table 2).

Table 2. Top 10 ‘Honor Roll’ Hospitals for 2012-2013

Rank

Points

Specialties

1. Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

30

16

2. Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

30

15

3. Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

28

15

4. Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

27

14

5. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA

20

13

6. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University
St. Louis, MN

20

12

7. NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
New York, NY

18

11

8. Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

17

11

9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA

17

10

10. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Pittsburgh, PA

16

9

 


Source:
US News Staff. Best Hospitals 2012-13: The Honor Roll. US News & World Report. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-hospitals/articles/2012/07/16/best-hospitals-2012-13-the-honor-roll. Published July 17, 2012. Accessed July 18, 2012.

 

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