U.S. News & World Report ranks top hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery

The Cleveland Clinic and Boston Children’s Hospital are the top-ranked hospitals in the U.S. for adult and children cardiology and heart surgery, according to the U.S. News & World Report's best hospital rankings released on July 21.

For the 26th edition of its rankings, U.S. News ranked hospitals on a 0 to 100 scale based on four elements: reputation with specialists (accounted for 27.5 percent of the score); survival (32.5 percent); patient safety (10 percent); and other care-related indicators such as nurse staffing, patient volume and clinically-proven technologies (30 percent).

Hospitals were considered only if they were nonfederal community facilities and met any of the four following criteria: teaching-hospital status; medical school affiliation; 200 or more beds set up and staffed; or 100 or more beds set up and staffed plus availability of at least four medical technologies that U.S. News considered important for high-quality care.

The top 10 hospitals for adult cardiology and heart surgery were:

  1. Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio (score of 100)
  2. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. (score of 99.3)
  3. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York (score of 83.7)
  4. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston (score of 83.3)
  5. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (score of 79.5)
  6. Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. (score of 78.5)
  7. Mount Sinai Hospital in New York (score of 74.0)
  8. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian in Philadelphia (score of 73.1)
  9. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago (score of 72.5)
  10. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (score of 71.9)

For children’s hospitals, U.S. News gave equal weight to the following three categories: outcomes, process and structure. The rankings considered outcomes such as survival, safety and improvements in quality of life.

The top 10 children’s hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery were:

  1. Boston Children’s Hospital (score of 100)
  2. Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston (score of 93.0)
  3. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (score of 89.4)
  4. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (score of 88.2)
  5. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (score of 86.5)
  6. University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (score of 86.4)
  7. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (score of 85.1)
  8. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (score of 83.5)
  9. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital (score of 81.2)
  10. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (score of 79.5)

For the full rankings, click here.