Health care is a sensitive issue in the United States. It has been the subject of a lot
of passionate debates and discussions. Through all this, hospitals try to remain
insulated from politics, as they have to continue providing quality service to its
patients no matter what happens. Here is a list of the top 10 best hospitals in the
10. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
The University of Pittsburg Medical Center, or UPMC, is a teaching hospital that has
20 medical facilities around the world. It has more than 54,000 employees, 4,200
beds, 400 outpatient sites and a health insurance division with 1.5 million members.
It is in the top 10 of 10 different specialty areas as determined by the US News &
World Report. It is also ranked highly in six other specialties. Established in 1893, it
has its headquarters in Pittsburgh and earns revenues of more than $9 billion.
9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a teaching hospital based in Boston. It has 777
beds and serves nearly 46,000 admitted patients every year. Its surgical facilities
perform nearly 20,000 inpatient and more than 12,000 outpatient surgeries every
year. It ranks highly in 13 different adult specialties.
8. Duke University Medical Center
Duke University Medical Center is a teaching hospital based in Durham in North
Carolina. It has 924 beds and is considered as the flagship of the Duke University
Health System. It is one of the three Level I referral centers in the state’s Research
Triangle, with the other two being the University of North Carolina Hospital in
Chapel Hill and Wake Med Raleigh in Raleigh. Duke University Medical Center was
established in 1930 and started out as a small regional hospital. It has since grown
to become a full-fledged academic medical center.
7. New York Presbyterian Hospital
New York Presbyterian Hospital is a university hospital based in New York City. It
is considered as one of the best hospitals in the world and it is affiliated with two
schools from the prestigious Ivy League; Columbia and Cornell. The hospital
is composed of a couple of medical centers; the Columbia University Medical
Center and the Weill Cornell Medical Center. It is a major referral center both
regionally and internationally. It was chartered in 1996 but it can trace its roots to
way back in 1771 when King George III granted a charter to the New York Hospital.
The Presbyterian Hospital, on the other hand, was formed in 1868. The two then
merged in the 90ès and it is now the largest private employer in the entire city.
6. Barnes Jewish Hospital
Barnes Jewish hospital is a teaching hospital based in St. Louis. It is considered
to be the largest hospital in the entire state of Missouri. It is affiliated with the Washington University School of Medicine. It was formed in 1996 after the merger of Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital, two medical facilities that stood a couple of blocks away from each other in Forest Park. It traces its roots to 1892 when Barnes Hospital was established through the bequest of Robert A. Barnes and to 1902 when the Jewish community in the city built The Jewish Hospital.
5. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is an affiliate of the University of
California, Los Angeles. It is one of the medical facilities under the UCLA Health
System, a healthcare system considered to be one of the most comprehensive and
advanced in the world. It has research centers that cover practically all the major
specialties of medicine and dentistry. It is also the primary teaching hospital of
the David Geffen School of Medicine of the university. It is considered as the best
hospital on the entire West Coast.
4. Cleveland Clinic
The Cleveland Clinic is an academic medical center located in Ohio. Its affiliate
university is the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western
Reserve University. Established in 1921, it is one of the largest private medical
centers in the world. It is considered as one of the best hospitals for cardiac care. Its
urology center has the largest full time faculty in the country. It is also ranked as the
best in nephrology.
3. Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic is a medical research center based in Rochester in Minnesota. It
is a non-profit medical group whose practice is distinguished by integrated care. It
specializes in treating difficult cases and spends over half a billion a year just for
research. It has under its employ more than 3,800 physicians and almost 51,000
other medical staff. It is considered the best in the fields of gastroenterology and
gynecology, as well as in the treatment of diabetes, endocrine disorders and
kidney diseases. It also ranked highly in cardiology, neurology, orthopedics and
2. Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Hospital is a teaching hospital located in Baltimore. It is affiliated
with the School of Medicine of Johns Hopkins University. It is considered as the
birthplace of modern American medicine and is credited with pioneering medical
traditions like rounds and residents. Established in 1889, it has 982 beds available
for patients. It is considered as the top ranked hospital in the fields of ear, nose and
throat, neurology, rheumatology, psychiatry and geriatrics. It also has an outstanding
radiology department considered as the best within a hospital and in interventional
1. Massachusetts General Hospital
The Massachusetts General Hospital is a teaching hospital based in Boston. It
is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Established in 1811, it has 1,057 beds
available for patients. It boasts of 11 Nobel Prize winners. It is considered as the
best hospital in the country, having been ranked prominently in all adult and pediatric
specialties. It was the first hospital in the state to receive a Magnet recognition, an
award that is considered the highest honor for nursing excellence. It employs more
than 14,000 people, making it the largest non-government employer in the city.
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