As it has for the last 20 years, U.S. News & World Report recently unveiled the 2010-11 Best Hospitals rankings. The rankings recognize 152 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 that were considered that show exemplary care. Fourteen of the hospitals make the “Honor Roll,” recognizing a hospital’s extraordinary care in more than one specialty.

To determine the top hospitals, U.S. News analyzed 4, 852 hospitals, nearly every one in the U.S., in 16 specialties, including cancer, heart disease, respiratory disorders, urology and more. From that, 152 centers appear in just one of the specialty areas. Hospitals on the Honor Roll had high scores in six or more specialties.

According to U.S. News, hospitals scores took into account death rates and hard data regarding patient safety, volume, and other care-related factors for 12 of the 16 specialties, because in those specialties, quality of care is determine life or death. In the remaining four specialties—ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology—hospitals were scored based on reputation.

According to the report, the highest ranked hospitals, in order of points, were:

  1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  3. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  4. Cleveland Clinic
  5. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
  7. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
  8. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis
  9. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  10. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
  11. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
  12. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
  13. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  14. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor

Source: US News & World Report