The MGH has been ranked #4 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2017-2018 and is the only hospital ranked across all 16 specialties. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals evaluated, the MGH has consistently placed among the top five hospitals on the honor roll since its inception in 1990.

U.S. News & World Report regularly updates its methodology, and this year brought several changes that appear to have had an impact on many hospitals, including the MGH. The most significant changes involve the way U.S. News calculated its survival scores, now using a different Medicare dataset and placing more emphasis on socioeconomic status of patients.

A detailed list of the rankings, including the methodology used by U.S. News & World Report, is available at

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