The Johns Hopkins Hospital - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). The Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889, four years before the university's medical school. It was established at the bequest of its namesake, who was a successful Baltimore merchant. The hospital is the birthplace of many standards in medicine, including grand rounds and the use of latex surgical gloves. 

The-Johns-Hopkins-Hospital-factsThe Johns Hopkins Hospital now includes 1,059 beds and more than 2,000 full-time attending physicians. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital as No. 1 in the nation for 2013-14, and the hospital also holds the top spot for five specialties: ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; rheumatology and urology. It was the first hospital in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware to achieve Magnet designation for nursing excellence in 2003, a status it has maintained throughout the years.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital is at the forefront of clinical innovations and research, and it has been for some time. For instance, its Wilmer Eye Institute is the nation's first comprehensive eye center, founded in 1925. Physicians and researchers at its Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center linked the P53 gene to colon cancer in 1989 and completed the first draft of the breast and colon cancer genome in 2006. More recently, in two separate studies, Johns Hopkins researchers identified differences in the brain linked to insomnia and found obese people who feel judged by their physicians are less likely to succeed in their weight loss attempts.

Johns Hopkins Hospital recently launched an innovative program that trains people on public assistance to gain full- and part-time jobs within the system. It shows how hospitals can improve health and wellbeing not only through clinical care, but employment opportunities as well. To learn more about the internship program, read managing editor Molly Gamble's spotlight profile of the hospital: At Johns Hopkins Hospital, "Healthcare" Includes Employment.

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