US News Names Johns Hopkins Hospital Best in the Country

The annual Best Hospital rankings are in—24 local facilities made the cut

By: Emily Leaman

In its annual Best Hospitals list, released today, US News and World Report named Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital the best in the country. The 918-bed facility received high marks in 15 specialties, including cancer; ear, nose, and throat; neurology and neurosurgery; and rheumatology.

The news will come as no surprise to those who follow the list from year to year; Johns Hopkins has placed first every year since the news service began compiling the list in 1990—that's 21 years in a row, if you're counting.

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US News reviewed data for 4,825 hospitals nationwide. Only 140 were performed well enough to rank in even a single specialty, and just 17 were included on the Honor Roll.

Of the 59 local hospitals considered, 24 made the cut. Washington Hospital Center ranked first, with four specialities—cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; geriatrics; and gynecology—receiving national rankings. The hospital was also found to be “high performing” in the specialties of cancer, gastroenterology, orthopedics, and urology, among others.

Rounding out the top five local hospitals are Georgetown University Hospital (#2), Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church (#3), National Rehabilitation Hospital in DC (#4), and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, which tied for fifth.

Children’s National Medical Center received national rankings in 10 pediatric specialities. Its highest rank—eighth—was in neonatology.

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