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Hopkins hospital ranked No. 1 for 17th year

The Baltimore Sun

For the 17th year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital is No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of America's best hospitals.

The magazine's annual rankings, released today, put the East Baltimore institution first in four specialties: ear, nose and throat; gynecology; rheumatology and urology.

Hopkins ranked second in geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery and psychiatry, while Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute ranked second in ophthalmology. Hopkins hospital also earned high marks in specialties such as cancer, digestive diseases, endocrinology, kidney disease, respiratory disorders, and heart and heart surgery.

Rounding out the top five hospitals in the nation were the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.; UCLA Medical Center; the Cleveland Clinic; and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Several other Baltimore-area hospitals were ranked in various specialties.

The University of Maryland Medical Center placed 25th in kidney disease, 36th in urology and 46th in heart and heart surgery.

Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson ranked sixth in psychiatry, while Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center was 28th in geriatrics. Union Memorial Hospital ranked 43rd in orthopedics, and Greater Baltimore Medical Center ranked 45th in ear, nose and throat.

In endocrinology, Franklin Square Hospital Center placed 43rd and Sinai Hospital was 49th. Rankings were based on hard data and the reputation of a hospital, based on surveys of doctors.

In 12 of 16 specialties, factors such as mortality rates, nurse staffing and use of technology were applied. Rankings in four specialties - ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology - were based on reputation alone.

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