The list compares 4,500 medical centers across the nation, also ranking them in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Lurie Children's is also the only IL children's hospital named to the Honor Roll, which recognizes children's hospitals with exceptional performance in at least three specialties.
Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro was tied for sixth among 18 N.C. hospitals given best regional recognition, while Forsyth Medical Center was tied for ninth and High Point Regional Hospital was tied for 16th.
U.S. News tweaked its ranking formula this year, causing a seven-day delay as officials pored over the data to ensure the list was accurate.
In Florida, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville retained its statewide first-place ranking from a year ago, while Tampa General Hospital rose one rank to second place and UF Health Shands Hospital dropped two ranks to third place.
The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging conditions.
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Taking a look at the specialty rankings released Tuesday, 152 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. A hospital with more national rankings in the 12 data-driven specialties outranks a hospital with fewer national rankings.
Ranked in 15 adult and 10 paediatric specialities, John Hopkins Hospital has grabbed the third spot.
Northwestern was also the only IL hospital to rank among the top 20 in the country, though this year it ranked 13th, down from eighth last year.
With an extensive history, the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers house a number of academic, research and development facilities, in a bid to ensure exceptional patient care.
The university's neurology and neurosurgery specialty was among four for which UIHC earned "high-performing" marks in the new report, along with geriatrics, kidney disorders and nephrology, and pulmonology.
Of the 4,400 hospitals evaluated for these common procedures, Florida Hospital Orlando and Orlando Regional Medical Center were two of only 48 hospitals nationwide to receive higher-than-average ratings in all nine categories. The rankings also take into account a survey of about 16,000 doctors. This is the seventh time KU hospital's geriatrics care have made the list.