Cleveland Clinic named best cardiology hospital by U.S. News & World Report

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For the 23rd consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic has been named the best U.S. hospital for adult cardiology and heart surgery in the hospital rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.

“We are deeply committed to delivering the highest quality outcomes, as well as the best possible experience, to our patients,” Lars Svensson, MD, PhD, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, told Cardiovascular Business. “We will continue to invest in research and strive to continue improving and learning. This honor would not be possible without the talented physicians, nurses, mid-level providers and support staff who provide tireless dedication to the care of our patients.”

Like the 2016-17 rankings, U.S. News gave each of the hospitals a score from 0 to 100 based on five weighted factors: reputation with specialists (accounting for 24.5 percent of the score), outcomes (37.5 percent), patient safety (5 percent), public transparency (3 percent) and other care-related indicators (30 percent).

The public transparency component, first introduced last year, gave hospitals credit for publicly reporting quality metrics through the American College of Cardiology and Society of Thoracic Surgery websites. Reputation was based on feedback from board-certified physicians, while the outcomes scoring was based on the number of Medicare inpatients who died within 30 days of admission. Patient safety was assessed based on the success of hospitals at preventing six harmful types of errors or oversights, including injury caused during surgery and major bleeding after surgery.

The top 10 hospitals for adult cardiology and heart surgery, along with their previous year’s rankings, were:

  1. Cleveland Clinic (1st)
  2. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (2nd)
  3. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York (3rd)
  4. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (10th)
  5. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (4th)
  6. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore (9th)
  7. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago (6th)
  8. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian (13th)
  9. Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (8th)
  10. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor (22nd)

In the overall hospital rankings, the Mayo Clinic was again named No. 1, with Cleveland Clinic again claiming the second-place spot.