100 great hospitals in America | 2016

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to release the 2016 edition of its list of 100 Great Hospitals in America.

The hospitals on this list are well-known for a multitude of reasons, such as having a strong history of innovation, providing top-notch care to patients, leading clinical advancement with forward-thinking research or holding an irreplaceable spot in their communities.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for this list based on rankings and awards from numerous reputable sources, including U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and The Leapfrog Group, among other resources. The final result is a list of 100 hospitals considered overall healthcare leaders in their region, state or the nation.

Note: This list is not a ranking, nor is it an endorsement of included hospitals or associated health systems or providers. Organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list.

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By the Numbers:

We broke down a few categories of information to highlight some unique aspects of the 100 hospitals mentioned on this list. Included were the bed size, teaching hospitals, age of the hospital, and whether it is physician- or woman-led. The numbers below highlight the percentage represented in the list of 100. Each profile also highlights which of these categories the hospital meets. 

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 Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health (Minneapolis). Abbott Northwestern's roots date back to 1882, when Northwestern Hospital opened in a rented house. Dr. Amos Abbott served as a consulting physician to Northwestern's first medical staff, but 20 years later left to start a community hospital for women in his name, Abbott Hospital for Women. Abbott and Northwestern hospitals were merged into the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in 1970. [READ MORE]

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago has 288 beds, handled 10,997 admissions and hosted 4,926 inpatient and 13,342 outpatient surgeries in the last year reported. In fiscal year 2014, clinicians at Lurie Children's cared for more children than any other pediatric hospital system in Illinois.[READ MORE]

Aspen (Colo.) Valley Hospital. Aspen Valley Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital and a Level III trauma center. It was founded in 1889 as Citizen's Hospital Committee of Pitkin County to care for single, working men employed in dangerous occupations. [READ MORE]

Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital. Aspirus Wausau Hospital, a 325-bed facility, is staffed by 350 physicians in 35 specialties. Tens of thousands of patients visit the hospital each year, which serves patients in 14 counties across Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. [READ MORE]

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee). As the only hospital in Wisconsin with a 24/7 on-site heart care team, Aurora St. Luke's is known for its cardiac services. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized the hospital for performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 47 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery. [READ MORE]

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. U.S. News & World Report ranked Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, No. 2 in Arizona and No. 2 in the Phoenix metro area for 2015-16. [READ MORE]

Baptist Health Lexington (Ky.). Baptist Health Lexington is a 383-bed tertiary care facility, as well as a major medical research and education center. The hospital operates six outlying outpatient centers, including Kentucky locations in Georgetown, Nicholasville and Richmond. [READ MORE]

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center was established in 1996 with the merger of Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Both Barnes Hospital and Jewish Hospital brought their own rich history to the table. [READ MORE]

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (Houston). Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, formerly St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, opened in 1954. Since then, the organization has grown to include 850 licensed beds and 4,463 employees, including 1,558 registered nurses. It handles approximately 25,000 patient admissions each year. [READ MORE]

Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak (Mich.) Campus. Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak stems back to 1955, when it opened as a 238-bed hospital. Years later, after growing into a three-hospital health system, Beaumont – Royal Oak is a 1,070-bed tertiary care, teaching, research and referral hospital. [READ MORE]

Billings (Mont.) Clinic. Billings Clinic is the No. 1 hospital in Montana, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings, and the largest healthcare organization in the state. This physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice includes a 304-bed hospital, Level II trauma center and a 90-bed skilled nursing and assisted living facility. [READ MORE]

 

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital opened in downtown in 1882. Then named St. Francis Infirmary Charleston, it was the first Catholic hospital in South Carolina. This 204-bed hospital is now affiliated with Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System. [READ MORE]

Boston Children's Hospital. Boston Children's Hospital began as a 20-bed facility in Boston's south end. The hospital is now a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric healthcare, which takes in approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year. [READ MORE]

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). In 1980, three of Boston's oldest and most esteemed Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals — Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Robert Breck Brigham Hospital and the Boston Hospital for Women — merged to form Brigham and Women's Hospital. Later, in 1994, Brigham and Women's united with Massachusetts General Hospital to form the nonprofit Partners HealthCare. [READ MORE]

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Carolinas Medical Center was founded in 1940 as Charlotte Memorial Hospital. The hospital has undergone several expansions and grown into the 874-bed general medical and surgical facility it is today. [READ MORE]

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center began as two small organizations built by the Jewish community. One began in 1902 as a 12-bed operation in a two-story Victorian home, while the other got its start in 1918 as a two-room hospice. [READ MORE]

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary (Little Rock, Ark.). As the flagship hospital of CHI St. Vincent Health System, CHI St. Vincent Infirmary has provided the citizens of Arkansas with high quality healthcare for well over a century. CHI St. Vincent Infirmary began as a 10-bed "charity hospital" in 1888 by the bishop of Little Rock, five nuns, seven physicians and Catholic philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hager.[READ MORE]

Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Children's Hospital Los Angeles, a nonprofit teaching hospital affiliated with University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, provides more than 107,000 children with high-quality pediatric care every year. The hospital was founded in 1901 by the King's Daughters, one of the first female philanthropic organizations in Los Angeles. [READ MORE]

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia got its start in 1855 as the nation's first hospital solely devoted to the care of children. What began as a 12-bed operation that served 67 inpatients and 306 clinic patients in its first year has grown into a 527-bed hospital that handles more than 1 million inpatient admissions and outpatient visits annually. [READ MORE]

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. This nonprofit children's hospital is now licensed for 315 beds, but it got its start in 1890 as a single cot in a local hospital dedicated to the care of children and infants. In its own facility now on a 10-acre campus, the hospital building has nine floors, 13 operating suites and a 20,000-square-foot family resource and activity center. [READ MORE]

Children's National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.). Founded in 1870, Children's National Medical Center has provided healthcare to children for more than 140 years in the nation's capital. This 313-bed institution — which includes more than 60 intensive care beds and the only pediatric neuro-intensive care and cardiac intensive care units in the region — is one of the nation's first children's hospitals and the only freestanding children's hospital between Philadelphia and Atlanta. [READ MORE]

The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). Located just north of downtown in the historic Cincinnati neighborhood of Mount Auburn, The Christ Hospital has long been a beacon of the community. In 1888, a group of Cincinnati locals led by James Gamble — whose soap business eventually developed into Procter & Gamble — invited Isabella Thoburn, a teacher, nurse and missionary, to move to Cincinnati. [READ MORE]

Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del.). Christiana Hospital, a 913-bed, 1.3 million-square-foot teaching hospital, is the namesake hospital for the Christiana Care Health System. The hospital opened in 1985, but the health system it brands has roots going back to 1890 when physicians purchased land in Wilmington, Del., and built the Delaware Hospital. [READ MORE]

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Children's is a nonprofit academic medical center affiliated with the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics. The medical center was founded in 1883 by three Cincinnati women who wanted to open a hospital specifically for children. [READ MORE]

Cleveland Clinic. In 2015-16, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Cleveland Clinic as the No. 5 hospital in the country, as well as No. 1 in Ohio and No. 1 in the Cleveland area. The hospital is nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties, including No. 1 in cardiology and heart surgery, and No. 2 in gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, rheumatology and urology. [READ MORE]

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston). Sidney Farber, MD, founded the Children's Cancer Research Foundation in 1947 to conduct research and provide state-of-the-art treatment to children with cancer. Dr. Farber also launched the first chemotherapy research program for children with cancer. [READ MORE]

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.). Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is the flagship hospital of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a nonprofit academic health system that serves a patient population of roughly 1.9 million in New England. The hospital was founded in 1893.[READ MORE]

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Duke University Hospital is the flagship hospital for Duke Health and is licensed for 938 beds. The hospital has more than 10,000 full-time employees, including 1,925 faculty in the clinical program, 211 faculty in the basic sciences and 90 faculty in the nursing school.[READ MORE]

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Emory University Hospital started out in March 1904 as Wesley Memorial Hospital, a 50-bed facility housed in a Civil War-era mansion in downtown Atlanta. Eighteen years later, the hospital outgrew its facilities and moved to its current location in November 1922, adopting its current name in the mid-1930s. [READ MORE]

Florida Hospital Orlando. Florida Hospital is a 22-campus network with 2,247 beds, of which Florida Hospital Orlando is the flagship facility. The system, a member of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health, is a referral center for Central Florida, the Southeastern states and part of the Caribbean and Latin America. [READ MORE]

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee). Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert Hospital is one of three hospitals and 25 health centers and clinics that comprise the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin network. It is the primary adult teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin with 1,366 physicians, more than 1,000 students and 516 beds. [READ MORE]

Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa.). In the early 1900s at the age of 85, Abigail Geisinger, who was born and raised in Danville, led the creation of a hospital that would ultimately become Geisinger Health System. She recruited Harold L. Foss, MD, a young physician, to serve as the hospital's first surgeon-in-chief. The hospital officially opened in 1915.[READ MORE]

Good Samaritan Hospital (Cincinnati). Opened in 1852, Good Samaritan Hospital is the oldest hospital in Cincinnati. In the first three years of the hospital's history, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati cared for more than 1,500 patients. In the years that followed, Good Samaritan grew to become the largest private teaching hospital in Cincinnati with more than 650 beds. [READ MORE]

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. HackensackUMC was founded in 1888 with 12 beds and served as Bergen County's first hospital. Now the hospital has 775 beds and serves the northern New Jersey and New York metro areas. The medical center includes the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital, Donna A. Sanzari Women's Hospital, John Theurer Cancer Center, David & Alice Jurist Institute for Research and the Heart & Vascular Hospital, along with three other HackensackUMC campuses. [READ MORE]

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian first opened its doors in 1952, but the idea to build a hospital in Newport Beach, Calif., dates back to 1944 when Rev. Raymond Brahams, seven Presbyterian church members and one physician formed a corporation called the Presbyterian Hospital of Laguna Beach. [READ MORE]

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). Hospital for Special Surgery, which opened its doors in 1863, is the nation's oldest orthopedic hospital. Today, surgeons at the 215-bed hospital perform more than 29,000 surgical procedures each year, with more hip surgeries and knee replacements performed than any other hospital in the U.S.[READ MORE]

Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian (Philadelphia). Penn Medicine's history of patient care dates back more than two centuries to the founding of the first U.S. hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, in 1751, followed by the opening of the nation's first medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1765. In the past 30 years, Penn physicians and scientists have been part of many important medical discoveries. [READ MORE]

Houston Methodist Hospital. Houston Methodist Hospital, the flagship hospital of the Houston Methodist system, has served patients from the Houston community and around the world for more than 90 years. What began as a 30-bed hospital has evolved into one of the nation's largest private nonprofit hospitals, an academic teaching hospital and a center for leading medical research. [READ MORE]

Indiana University Health University Hospital (Indianapolis). Indiana University Health University Hospital celebrated its first century of service in 2014. [READ MORE]

Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, Va.). Inova Fairfax Hospital, the flagship hospital of the nonprofit Inova Health System, welcomed its first patients in February 1961. The 833-bed hospital is home to Northern Virginia's only Level I trauma center. [READ MORE]

Intermountain Medical Center (Murray, Utah). Asthe flagship hospital of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, Intermountain Medical Center consists of five interconnected centers of excellence encompassing 1.7 million square feet. The architectural conception and construction of this high-tech facility took over 10 years and cost $572 million. [READ MORE]

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek (Calif.). John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek was founded in the late 1950s by 50 physicians. After several years of fundraising, the physicians and community members purchased a site upon which to build the hospital. [READ MORE]

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). The Johns Hopkins Hospital opened on May 7, 1889. The hospital and the university were incorporated and endowed by Johns Hopkins, a wealthy Quaker businessman known as Baltimore's greatest philanthropist. The organization is one of the first healthcare systems to unite patient care with education and research. [READ MORE]

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest (Allentown, Pa.). Lehigh Valley Hospital's roots date back to 1899, when 13 women raised $5,300 for a plot of land in Allentown to open a hospital for their community. The hospital is the flagship location of the Lehigh Valley Health Network. [READ MORE]

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Ill.). Loyola University Medical Center is a 559-bed academic medical center and teaching hospital firmly rooted in the Jesuit Catholic faith. The hospital belongs to Loyola Medicine, a quaternary-care system with a 61-acre medical center campus in the western suburbs of Chicago.[READ MORE]

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is the third oldest general hospital in the U.S. and the first teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Today, it is considered the No. 1 overall hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings, and it is Magnet-designated for nursing excellence.[READ MORE]

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Founded in 1889, Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated nonprofit medical group practice in the U.S. The Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus is made up of two hospitals, 794-bed Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus and the 1,265-bed Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. [READ MORE]

Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston). The Medical University of South Carolina opened in 1824 as a small private college for the training of physicians. The school has since grown into a state university with a medical center and six colleges for the education of healthcare professionals, biomedical scientists and other health personnel. [READ MORE]

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York City). Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is composed of two related institutions: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases and Sloan Kettering Institute. Memorial Hospital was founded in 1884 as New York Cancer Hospital. In the 1940s, Alfred P. Sloan and Charles F. Kettering donated money to build the Sloan Kettering Institute, and in 1960, the two institutions merged. [READ MORE]

Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City). Mount Sinai Hospital is a 1,171-bed general medical, surgical and teaching facility known across the country for excellence in clinical care and patient satisfaction. The Mount Sinai Health System was created from the combination of The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners, which agreed unanimously to combine in July 2013.[READ MORE]

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (Bethesda, Md.). The NIH Clinical Center opened its doors to its first patients in 1953.As a research facility, only patients with the precise type or stage of illness under investigation are admitted for treatment, and the 240-bed hospital does not specialize in services common for most community hospitals. [READ MORE]

Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Neb.). This 621-bed hospital and teaching facility was created in 1997 after University of Nebraska Hospital merged with Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital. More recently, Nebraska Medical Center integrated with Bellevue (Neb.) Medical Center, a 55-bed hospital, and UNMC Physicians to form Nebraska Medicine. [READ MORE]

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital was formed in 1998 with the merger of The New York Hospital and The PresbyterianHospital. Both of its founding hospitals have pioneered important medical services and innovations. [READ MORE]

NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital (Ill.). Evanston Hospital is the flagship facility of NorthShore University HealthSystem. Opened in 1891, the hospital has grown to include 354 beds, a Level I trauma center and programs for several medical specialties. [READ MORE]

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of the Chicago-based Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The hospital has 894 beds and more than 1,600 affiliated physicians and 7,000 employees. Northwestern Memorial also includes the Prentice Women's Hospital. [READ MORE]

NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). NYU Langone is an academic medical center located in Manhattan that includes flagship facility Tisch Hospital, as well as Rusk Rehabilitation, Hospital for Joint Diseases and Hassenfeld Children's Hospital. Collectively, the medical center has 1,069 beds.[READ MORE]

Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Ochsner Medical Center is a 602-bed acute care hospital. The hospital includes Ochsner Cancer Institute, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Center and Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute. [READ MORE]

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center with 1,313 beds systemwide. The medical center's history can be traced back to the founding of the Willoughby Medical University of Lake Erie in 1834. [READ MORE]

Oregon Health and Science University Hospital (Portland). OHSU is Oregon's only academic health center. The system traces its roots back to 1867, when Willamette University's first medical students began their education. [READ MORE]

Porter Adventist Hospital (Denver). Porter Adventist is part of Adventist Health System and the Centura Health network. The hospital is a 368-bed regional medical center offering, among other services, organ transplant, spine surgery, joint replacement, cardiac treatment, cancer care and behavioral health. [READ MORE]

Poudre Valley Hospital (Fort Collins, Colo.). Poudre Valley Hospital is part of Denver-based University of Colorado Health. The 270-bed community hospital serves patients in northern Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. [READ MORE]

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Rush University Medical Center is a nonprofit, 664-bed academic medical center with a medical staff that numbers more than 800. The organization is named after Benjamin Rush, MD, the only physician with medical school training to sign the Declaration of Independence. [READ MORE]

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles). Established in 1955, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is situated on the four-acre UCLA campus in West Los Angeles, along with Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. [READ MORE]

Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Founded in 1894, Sanford USD Medical Center has grown to become the largest hospital in South Dakota. It has 4,000 employees and is the teaching hospital for the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. [READ MORE]

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (Calif.). Established in 1924 by philanthropist and journalist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers a wide range of clinical, specialty and surgical services. The 318-bed hospital has more than 2,180 employees and more than 950 affiliated physicians. [READ MORE]

Sentara Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital was known as Retreat for the Sick when it opened in 1888. At that time, there were fewer than 200 hospitals in the U.S. Today, Sentara Norfolk General is a 525-bed tertiary care facility and home to the area's only Level I trauma center. [READ MORE]

Spectrum Health Medical Center–Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids, Mich.). With a history dating back to 1873, Butterworth Hospital is one of four facilities that make up Spectrum Health Medical Center, a system with 23,000 employees and 1,300 employed physicians. [READ MORE]

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care-Stanford Hospital. Founded in 1959 as the Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital Center, Stanford Hospital today has 613 licensed beds, about 1,500 faculty physicians and more than 1,000 interns and residents.  [READ MORE]

St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital. Founded by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in 1886, St. Cloud Hospital operates under the auspices of the local Catholic Church. The 489-bed hospital is part of St. Cloud-based CentraCare, an integrated health system formed in 1995. [READ MORE]

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix, Ariz.). Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center was the first hospital in the Phoenix area. Today, the 586-bed hospital is part of San Francisco-based Dignity Health. [READ MORE]

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.). St. Jude Children's Research Hospital opened in 1962 thanks to founder Danny Thomas, who had a dream that "no child should die in the dawn of life." The hospital is named for St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes.[READ MORE]

St. Luke's Boise (Idaho) Medical Center. Founded in 1902, St. Luke's Boise Medical Center is Idaho's largest healthcare provider and the flagship hospital of St. Luke's Health System. The six-hospital system was founded by Bishop James B. Funsten, who acted on an immediate need to provide care to retired Episcopal Church workers.[READ MORE]

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Tampa General Hospital was known as Tampa Municipal Hospital when it opened alongside the Gordon Keller School of Nursing in 1927. The original hospital had 186 beds.[READ MORE]

Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). Since it opened in 1954, Texas Children's Hospital has grown from 106 beds to 650. The hospital records more than 3.3 million patient encounters annually and serves as the academic partner of the Baylor College of Medicine. [READ MORE]

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (Philadelphia). Since the main hospital facility was founded in 1825, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals has grown to include five primary locations and numerous radiation therapy satellite locations throughout the region. Today, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals includes 951 licensed beds and more than 7,800 full- and part-time employees.[READ MORE]

UAB Hospital (Birmingham, Ala). UAB Hospital, a Level I trauma facility, boasts some of the top medical programs in America. The 1,157-bed hospital, among the 20 largest in the nation, includes UAB Heart and Vascular Center, a Level I trauma burn center, ambulatory clinic, rehabilitation center and psychiatric center, among other sites of care. [READ MORE]

UC San Diego Medical Center. Established in 1966, UC San Diego Medical Center –Hillcrest is the primary clinical teaching site for UC San Diego School of Medicine. The 390-bed facility boasts the area's only regional burn center, one of two Level I trauma centers in the region, and the Owen Clinic, which is one of the country's top HIV care programs. UC San Diego Medical Center is part of UC San Diego Health, which also includes Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center and the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.[READ MORE]

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). The University of California, San Francisco and the UCSF Medical Center have a long and illustrious history. UCSF was founded in 1864 by a South Carolina surgeon who moved west as part of the California gold rush. [READ MORE]

UF Health Shands (Gainesville, Fla.). UF Health Shands Hospital was established in 1958, though it was called UF Teaching Hospital at the time. The name was changed to include Shands in 1965, after William Augustine Shands, a former Florida senator whose efforts to enhance the Gainesville community led to the establishment of the teaching hospital. [READ MORE]

University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland). University Hospitals Case Medical Center was established in 1866. In its formative years, the hospital was supported by the same families that helped develop the city's great civic and cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Cleveland Orchestra. [READ MORE]

University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento). UC Davis Medical Center is a nationally recognized academic medical center that provides primary care for all ages and specialty care in 150 fields. The organization serves more than 6 million residents in a 65,000-square-mile area. [READ MORE]

University of Chicago Medicine. This academic medical center was founded in 1927 as the University of Chicago Hospitals. Over the years, the hospital grew in size and prestige before eventually changing its name to University of Chicago Medical Center in 2006 and then to University of Chicago Medicine in 2012. [READ MORE]

University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora). University of Colorado Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. The hospital reports roughly 46,000 inpatient admissions and observations each year. Clinicians at the hospital also perform more than 23,000 surgeries, transplant nearly 300 organs, deliver 3,600 babies and care for more than 100,000 patients in the emergency department annually.[READ MORE]

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics employs more than 1,600 physicians, dentists, residents and fellows, as well nearly 7,000 nonphysician staff members including 1,972 nurses. In 2015, clinicians at the hospital performed 524 organ and tissue transplants. [READ MORE]

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City). Founded in 1906 as part of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, this academic medical center is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. University of Kansas Hospital has changed significantly since its inception, especially in 1998. [READ MORE]

University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). University of Maryland Medical Center is one of the oldest academic medical centers in the country, having been founded in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary. Now, the hospital has 772 beds, 8,261 employees and 1,163 attending physicians and faculty. [READ MORE]

University of Michigan University Hospital (Ann Arbor). This hospital's history dates back to 1869, when the University of Michigan opened the nation's first university-owned hospital, which had 20 beds. The hospital has changed drastically throughout its nearly 150-year history, and now the 550-bed University Hospital is one of three hospitals that make up U-M Medical Center. [READ MORE]

University of Minnesota Medical Center (Minneapolis). The University of Minnesota Medical Center was established in 1997 following the merger of the U of M Hospitals and Clinics with Fairview Health Services. With 1,700 licensed beds and 7,131 employees, U of M Medical Center includes two campuses on the east and west banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. [READ MORE]

University of North Carolina Medical Center (Chapel Hill). UNC Medical Center, previously called UNC Hospitals, was established in 1952. At the time of its formation, the hospital was named N.C. Memorial. UNC Medical Center is now comprised of N.C. Memorial Hospital, N.C. Cancer Hospital, N.C. Children's Hospital, N.C. Neurosciences Hospital and N.C. Women's Hospital. [READ MORE]

University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville). With roots dating back to 1956, University of Tennessee Medical Center serves as a referral center for eastern Tennessee, southeastern Kentucky and western North Carolina. [READ MORE]

 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston). MD Anderson and its nearly 20,000 employees are working to make cancer history. The hospital was established in 1941 by the Texas Legislature as the Texas State Cancer Hospital and the Division of Cancer Research before it was renamed after Monroe Dunaway Anderson, whose foundation helped fund the hospital. [READ MORE]

University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (Salt Lake City). More than 1,100 board-certified physicians staff four university hospitals, 10 community clinics and a number of specialty centers in the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics system. This health system started off as a single hospital, The University of Utah Medical Center, which opened July 10, 1965. [READ MORE]

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle). UW Medical Center may be the No. 1 hospital in the Seattle metro area and the whole state of Washington, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings, but it had humble beginnings. In 1959, it opened as one of the nation's smallest teaching hospitals. [READ MORE]

UPMC Presbyterian (Pittsburgh). UPMC Presbyterian was founded in 1893. Today it is an academic medical center offering expertise in a variety of specialties and earning recognition for many of them. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside among the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. for 13 adult specialties, and UPMC was ranked the No. 13 hospital in the nation overall in U.S. News' 2015-16 rankings.[READ MORE]

UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.). The 800-bed Strong Memorial Hospital serves as the anchor of University of Rochester Medical Center, which also includes Highland Hospital, Golisano Children's Hospital, the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and the university's school of medicine, school of nursing and dental school. Strong Memorial Hospital, which occupies 1.6 million square feet, opened as a 250-bed community hospital in 1925. [READ MORE]

UW Health–University Hospital (Madison). This 505-bed Magnet-recognized regional referral center, part of UW Health, boasts a Level I adult and pediatric trauma center, one of the nation's first certified comprehensive stroke centers and the UW Carbone Cancer Center, which is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. Its history dates back to 1924. [READ MORE]

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). A part of Vanderbilt Health, VUMC has 834 licensed beds between Vanderbilt University Hospital, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. According to U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 rankings, VUMC is the No. 1 hospital in the Nashville metro area and in Tennessee overall.[READ MORE]

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (Richmond, Va.). VCU Medical Center is part of VCU Health, which comprises the university's five health sciences schools, Community Memorial Hospital of Richmond at VCU, VCU Massey Cancer Center and Virginia Premier, a health plan. The medical center has 1,125beds, is a regional referral center and the region's only Level I trauma center for adults and children. [READ MORE]

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's history dates back to 1923, when North Carolina Baptist Hospital opened. In 1941, the hospital and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine entered into a partnership, laying the foundation for what Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is today. The academic medical center, which has 885 beds, is the region's sole Level I trauma center and the first Level I pediatric trauma center in the state. [READ MORE]

Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Yale-New Haven Hospital got its start in 1826 as the nation's fourth voluntary hospital, founded as a charitable institution to care for the poor. It has a history of caring for U.S. servicemen — sailors from the New Haven seaport sought care at the hospital during its early days, and during the Civil War, more than 25,000 U.S. Army soldiers were cared for at the hospital. [READ MORE]

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