Friday, July 20, 2012

Behind the rankings

Ranked No. 1 in the nation, state and Greater Boston area, the MGH was recognized among the top U.S. hospitals in each of the 16 specialties the survey addresses, receiving points in each specialty. The MGH’s placement in several areas – ear, nose and throat, ophthalmology, and rehabilitation – reflects its affiliations with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. In this year’s pediatric results, which were released separately in June, MassGeneral Hospital for Children ranked nationally in four specialty areas.

The movement up and down in this year’s adult specialty rankings is, in part, attributed to changes to the methodology, particularly the weight of the metrics used. Among the changes, less emphasis was given to a hospital’s reputation among physicians, while the importance of data-driven quality measures increased.

The MGH’s sister institution, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, ranked ninth on the honor roll this year, making Boston once again the only city with two hospitals in the top 10.  The complete rankings will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals” guidebook, which will be published mid-August and showcase 738 hospitals out of approximately 4,750 nationwide. For more information about the rankings, visit

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