“U.S. News” Ranks the Best Hospitals in Washington

The annual report says John Hopkins Hospital is no longer the best in the country.

Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia was previously named the best hospital in the region by U.S. News. Photograph courtesy of Inova Heath System.

For the first time in 21 years, John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore has been dethroned.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston took the crown from John Hopkins in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-13 rankings. John Hopkins fell to second place, earning 30 points for 15 of its specialties. MGH also received 30 points, but it received high marks in 16 specialties.

The rankings, now in their 23rd year, include data on more than 5,000 hospitals in the country. Overall, no other Washington-area hospitals made the honor roll of best hospitals.

Still, that doesn’t mean our lives here in Washington aren’t in good hands. Many of our local hospitals received accolades for being the best in the region, including Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, which was named the best hospital in Washington. Medstar Washington Hospital Center, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital, and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital rounded out the top five hospitals in the area.

Twenty-three Washington hospitals made the best in the region list, compared with 56 hospitals in the New York metro area that earned a U.S. News ranking in various areas.

It’s also worth noting that even though John Hopkins came in second, it was one of the top three hospitals in the United States for eight specialties. It was named the best hospital in rheumatology, neurology and neurosurgery, geriatrics, psychiatry, and ear, nose, and throat.

To view the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-13 rankings, visit the U.S. News website