Mayo Clinic retains top hospital title while other big names shuffle throughout U.S. News' top 20

The Mayo Clinic has added a seventh consecutive best-in-the-country designation and a handful of specialty-specific top spots in U.S. News & World Report's latest annual ranking of more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals.

But while Mayo Clinic was relatively consistent in its performance, others front-runners within the top 20 Honor Roll released Tuesday have found their placements shuffled since last year’s list.

Cleveland Clinic, for instance, has dropped out of the runner-up spot and now sits as the fourth overall best hospital by the publication’s measure.

UCLA Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital, which last year were third and fourth, respectively, also slipped down and are now tied for fifth overall.

Taking each of these hospitals’ places near the top are now Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (second) and NYU Langone Hospitals (third).

The overall annual rankings grade hospitals in 35 areas of care including 15 medical specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. Data on performance outcomes and expert opinions used to quantify each hospital’s score are collected from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association and various other professional organizations and specialists, according to the publication.

The release also includes top 50 rankings of the best hospitals for those 15 medical specialties.

Among these, the Mayo Clinic picked up top spots in diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology/GI surgery, pulmonology/lung surgery and urology. No other facility was named as the top hospital for multiple specialties.

The latest rankings build on previous years’ methodologies with three new ratings on ovarian cancer surgery, prostate cancer surgery and uterine cancer surgery being added to the mix, U.S. News said. Methodology for some ratings tied to specific procedures and conditions also now include home time as a patient-centered outcome, the publication said.

“For patients considering their options for where to get care, the Best Hospitals rankings are designed to help them and their medical professionals identify hospitals that excel in the kind of care they may need,” Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News, said in a statement accompanying the rankings. “The new cancer ratings provide patients facing surgery for prostate cancer or gynecological cancer with previously unavailable information to assist them in making a critical health care decision.”

The full list of U.S. hospitals named to the 2022-23 Honor Roll is:

  1. Mayo Clinic
  2. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  3. NYU Langone Hospitals
  4. Cleveland Clinic
  5. (Tie) Johns Hopkins Hospital
  6.  (Tie) UCLA Medical Center
  7.  New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell
  8.  Massachusetts General Hospital
  9.  Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  10.  Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital
  11.  Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  12.  UCSF Health-UCSF Medical Center
  13.  Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian
  14.  Brigham and Women's Hospital
  15.  Houston Methodist Hospital
  16.  Mount Sinai Hospital
  17.  University of Michigan Health-Ann Arbor
  18.  Mayo Clinic-Phoenix
  19.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  20.  Rush University Medical Center