Cleveland Clinic tops U.S. News & World Report's heart hospital ranking

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The U.S. News & World Report has released its 18th “Best Hospitals” rankings covering 170 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, including its rating of heart and heart surgery. The Cleveland Clinic finished first, more than 19 points ahead of the Mayo Clinic's second-place finish.

To be eligible for ranking in the heart specialty, a hospital had to fit at least one of these three categories: affiliated with a medical school, a member of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, or achieve a minimum score measuring available hospital technology. Only 176 hospitals out of 6,007 U.S. medical centers scored high enough to rank in a specialty.

To establish its reputation column, U.S. News & World Report gathered a random sample of 200 physicians for each of the 16 specialties drawn from the American Board of Medical Specialties database. The number for a hospital in the ‘reputation’ column of the rankings is the combined percentage of responding physicians who listed the hospital in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Hospital Reputation U.S. News Score
1. Cleveland Clinic 65% 100
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. 48% 81
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore 21.8% 52.5
4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 20.8% 49.5
5. Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston 20.3% 48.7
6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital 19.3% 47.7
7. Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s, Houston 18.5% 46.2
8. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. 12.6% 39.6
9. Barnes-Jewish/Washington Univ., St. Louis 6.6% 35.5
10. Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles 6.2% 34.6
11. Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Calif. 13.9% 34.3
12. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 7.0% 33.9
13. Emory University Hospital, Atlanta 13.1% 33.9
14. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. 5.6% 33.5
15. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles 3.7% 31.4
16. NYU Medical Center, New York City 5.0% 31.0
17. Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC 2.7% 30.0
18. Univ. of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor 4.3% 29.9
19. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago 3.1% 29.1
20. University of Chicago Medical Center 0.3% 28.4