Health

Washington Area Is Home to 11 of Country’s Best Hospitals, According to US News

Johns Hopkins Hospital moves up to claim the No. 3 spot this year.
Photograph courtesy Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins Hospital is the third best hospital in the United States, according to US News & World Report’s annual ranking. Of the 4,000-plus medical centers surveyed, Johns Hopkins, located in Baltimore, was the only hospital in the greater Washington area to make the honor roll cut.

What makes a hospital pass with honors? US News‘s distinction goes to the 20 best hospitals across the country, based on a study of the institutions’ structure, transparency, reputation in the medical community, and patient outcomes.

The Mayo Clinic, based in Minnesota, topped the overall list for the second year in a row, but Johns Hopkins took first place in the speciality-specific rankings for rheumatology and ear, nose, and throat medicine.

This year’s report compared 4,500 medical centers across 16 specialties and nine procedures, including bypass surgery and COPD treatment. US News also polled more than 125,000 physicians to learn where the nation’s top doctors would send their most difficult cases.

Based on these findings, DC residents don’t have to travel far—not even to Baltimore—to access some of the best care in the country, with 11 of the best hospitals earning a mention.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital came in first for the DC area, with four high-performing specialties: geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics, and urology. Mary Washington Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital took second and third respectively, while MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Virginia Hospital Center tied for fourth best in the metro area.

The University of Maryland Hospital Center followed Johns Hopkins in the Maryland rankings, while the University of Virginia Medical Center was No.1 in Virginia. Johns Hopkins also made the top five nationally for urology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology.

Read the full list of 2017’s best hospitals at U.S. News & World Report.

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