It’s barely even news anymore — Johns Hopkins is the best hospital in the country. Again. In fact, no other hospital has ever held the top spot, ever since US News and World Report started rankings back in 1990.

If ever a rival should emerge from the ranks, it may be either Massachusetts General in Boston, or the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, which this year were ranked #2 and 3, respectively. But, I mean, come on. We all know who’s number one.

Which is not to say that Hopkins is the only game in town (even though it tends to seem that way). Locally, the runners-up are the University of Maryland Medical Center, Union Memorial, Hopkins-Bayview, and Sheppard Pratt.

But there can be only one number one — around town and around the country as well. And isn’t it somehow comforting to know that it’s not just Baltimore that Johns Hopkins dominates, but, well, the whole country?