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July 17, 2013

U.S. News: The five cities with the most 'Best Hospitals'

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    As part of its 2013-2014 "Best Hospitals" list, U.S. News & World Report has identified the five U.S. cities with the largest number of ranked hospitals.

    U.S. News' 24th annual "America's Best Hospitals" report recognized 147 hospitals and health systems for their performance and reputation across 16 medical specialties. The report also named 18 hospitals to its "Honor Roll" for achieving high scores on six or more specialties.

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    However, some cities have "tons of top hospitals," Ben Harder writes for U.S. News. And "while Baltimore and Boston can each lay claim to a superstar hospital or two, several other cities have many more choices when it comes to medical centers that can provide world-class health care," he adds.

    Based on the magazine's analysis, Harder identifies these five metropolitan areas as having the largest number of "Best Hospitals":

    • New York City: The New York City metro area—which extends into parts of New Jersey and Connecticut—boasts 55 "Best Hospitals" and two "Honor Roll" hospitals. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell and NYU Langone Medical Center are standouts among the 55 for taking top honors in cardiology, heart surgery, neurology, and psychiatry.
    • Chicago: Thirty-six of the "Best Hospitals" are located in this Midwestern city, with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rush University Medical Center ranking highly in many medical specialties, including diabetes, endocrinology, and urology. In addition, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago topped the list for rehabilitation.
    • Los Angeles: The southern California hub is home to 32 "Best Hospitals," including the fifth hospital on the Honor Roll—UCLA Medical Center. Other standout L.A. hospitals include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Keck Hospital of USC for gastroenterology, orthopedics, and ophthalmology services.
    • Detroit: The greater Detroit area has 25 "Best Hospitals," with University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers and Beaumont Hospital taking the top honors for urology and ear, nose, and throat services.
    • District of Columbia: With 21 "Best Hospitals," the D.C. metro area includes gynecology standout Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia, as well as D.C.'s MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Children's National Medical Center (Harder, U.S. News & World Report, 7/16).

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