First time in quarter century that Brigham not ranked among top hospitals

Violet Powell
August 9, 2017

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide.

Among these, the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY and the Mayo Clinic took the top spots for orthopedics; the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic topped the list for cardiology and heart surgery; and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NY ranked first and second for cancer treatment, respectively.

"Our longstanding commitment to place patients first serves as the foundation for continued success with the U.S. News rankings".

The health system earned national accolades in 15 of the ranking's 16 areas of medical specialties.

Penn State Children's Hospital was also ranked by U.S. News as being among the Best Children's Hospitals in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, neonatology and orthopedics in the 2017-2018 rankings.

Brigham is nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties, including fourth best in the nation for cancer treatment.

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Eight UAB programs moved up in the rankings, according to UAB.

U.S. News is just one of many organizations producing reports meant to hold health care organizations accountable and help consumers make wise choices. Florida Hospital media team said in an email on Monday that the hospital could not comment on the report until it was made public on Tuesday.

For more information, visit the U.S. News Best Hospitals website.

This year, Mayo officials also celebrated out west as the Phoenix campus finished No. 20 in a report that examined more than 4,500 medical centers across the country.

The hospital also received "high performing" marks in six adult specialties: cancer, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.

This year, the publication found UT Medical Center to be the second-best hospital in the entire state of Tennessee. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, UCHealth Medical Group, Broomfield Hospital, Grandview Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. The previously unranked adult specialty is now 37th in the country, a testament to both the clinical care and research at UK's Barnstable-Brown Diabetes Center. Summa's Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals ranked 18th, and Lake Hospital scored 26th. The Brigham was ranked 13th overall past year. After Mayo had finished No. 2 in rankings released weeks earlier, Noseworthy said he spoke with the CEO and publisher about their methodology, which had installed Massachusetts General at No. 1 that year.

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