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Johns Hopkins Hospital tied with UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for the fifth best hospital in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual hospital rankings for 2022-2023.

Hopkins currently sits at its lowest ranking to date, slipping from its fourth place spot from last year. However, the Baltimore hospital remains one of the top-ranked medical institutions rated by U.S. News & World Report out of more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States, and was ranked number one in Baltimore and Maryland. It was also ranked the number one children’s hospital in Maryland.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota this year was ranked the number one U.S. hospital for its 7th straight year.

Fluctuations in rankings year to year are due in part to changes in the report’s methodology, including how the impact of COVID-19 on care delivery is measured; ratings for surgeries related to ovarian, prostate and uterine cancers; measures of overtreatment and low-value care; and other changes.

In a joint letter to Hopkins colleagues, Johns Hopkins Medicine CEO Theodore L. DeWeese and Johns Hopkins Medicine Executive Vice President Kevin W. Sowers acknowledged the changes in hospital ratings and the methodology that determines those rankings.

“Every year, U.S. News modifies the methodology it uses to determine how hospitals are rated,” DeWeese and Sowers wrote. “The changes sometimes result in a reordering of the top 10 hospitals’ rankings. However, one thing that remains constant is our commitment to the patients who come to us for the best in health care diagnosis and treatment for their common and complex diseases and illnesses. We truly appreciate all you do each and every day.”

Two years after the hospital rankings list was first released in 1989, Johns Hopkins Hospital was recognized as the number one hospital in the nation.

The hospital held that spot for 20 years through 2011, but lost it to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 2012.

Hopkins briefly regained the number one position in 2013, but lost it the next year and has not held it since.

Hopkins’ clinical departments are nationally ranked in all 15 medical specialties that the report ranks, including the hospital’s rheumatology department which is ranked number one in the nation, psychiatry ranked number two, and ophthalmology ranked number three.

In all, five Hopkins departments are among the top five of their respective specialty areas, and 10 departments in the top 10.

Sowers and DeWeese said the hospital’s number five ranking is a credit to the staff, faculty and other Hopkins Medicine community members.

“We’re extremely honored to receive this recognition, and owe it all to everyone who supports our mission, including the nurses, residents and physicians who deliver care at the bedside; the technicians, environmental care associates and other team members who help ensure a safe, sanitary environment for healing; and the researchers who seek ways to improve treatments with science,” the hospital leaders wrote. “We will continue to make investments in innovative care, an example of which is our 22 and growing number of precision medicine centers of excellence.”

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...