US News and World Report ranks Mayo Clinic #1

Susie Jones
August 14, 2018 - 10:28 am
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic was named the best hospital in the nation in U.S News and World Report's 29th annual "Best Hospitals Honor Roll".

The rankings were determined by hospital service in 16 areas of “complex specialty care,” along with nine bellwether procedures. "We are humbled and honored to be recognized by U.S News & World Report,"  said John Noseworthy, president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. "This ranking recognizes Mayo Clinic as a destination medical center for patients with complex and serious illness, our staff's total commitment to patient care, and depth and breadth of our medical practice."

More than 1.3 million people from all 50 states and about 140 countries visit the clinic each year.  Noseworthy told WCCO Radio's Dave Lee that Mayo Clinic is different for two reasons. "Number one, we have this culture of teamwork and respect of the patients. And it's expected that we will work together. Number two is that we have salaried staff, and there's no financial incentive to do what you do what you do. It's essentially what's best for the patients, and we've done that forever."

Noseworthy said the clinic's commitment to quality care dates back more than 150 years to when the Mayo brothers invented the team-based approach to medicine. "When you work at Mayo, you never have to negotiate with someone to help you. That's just the expectation every day that we will all work together to get the answer, correctly, safely, and quickly. That works extremely well in these complex cases." 

The report also recognized Cleveland Clinic, which ranked second, and third-place Johns Hopkins Memorial in Baltimore.

The best children’s hospital in the country was Boston Children’s Hospital, with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia next in line.

In Minnesota, the next-best ranked hospital was Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern, followed by Mercy.

Abbott was named best in the Twin Cities.

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