For the second year in a row, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top hospital in the U.S. for nephrology care. The Cleveland Clinic repeated its 2015-16 second-place ranking in the new report, and the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center moved up to third this year, passing New York-Presbyterian University for nephrology care.
The Mayo Clinic also received U.S. News and World Report’s #1 overall ranking among hospitals in the U.S., and the Cleveland Clinic repeated its second place ranking.
This year marked the 27th annual Best Hospitals review. U.S. News compared nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide in 16 health care areas, and selected the top 50 hospitals in each specialty. U.S. News also recognized 504 Best Regional Hospitals in states and metro areas.
2016-17 Best Hospitals for Nephrology Care
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
- Cleveland Clinic
- University of California San Francisco Medical Center
- New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, N.Y.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
- University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
In other specialty rankings, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is #1 in cancer, the Cleveland Clinic is #1 in cardiology and heart surgery and the Hospital for Special Surgery is #1 in orthopedics. A total of 153 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty.
The Best Hospitals methodologies include measures such as patient survival, number of patients, infection, adequacy of nurse staffing and more. Methodology updates made for 2016-17 include:
- U.S. News evaluated hospitals in four new areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, and lung cancer surgery.
- The magazine made further adjustments to account for the socioeconomic mix of patients treated at hospitals. As a result, a hospital will not be negatively impacted if it sees large numbers of low-income patients.
- U.S. News credited hospitals that voluntarily make key data public in cardiology and heart surgery. The change reduced the weight reputation has in the specialty.
“We strive to provide patients with the highest-quality information on hospitals available,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Driving for broader transparency and evaluating hospitals in a comprehensive, fair way reflects that mission.”