100 great hospitals in America | 2015

100 Great Hospitals in America | 2015

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to announce its 2015 list of "100 Great Hospitals in America."


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Each organization on this list has a strong foundation of high-quality care, stellar credentials and a focus on doing what is right for the patients in its community. They are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and are stalwarts of their communities, serving as research hubs or local anchors of wellness.

To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team conducted research and examined several reputable hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, Truven Health Analytics, The Leapfrog Group and Magnet designation from the AmericanNursesCredentialingCenter. In examining each hospital, the editorial team considered questions such as "Would you take a loved one here for care? Would this hospital be on a short list of places to visit for an important procedure or health issue?"

Note: This list is not a ranking, and hospitals are displayed in alphabetical order. This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers. Hospitals could not pay for inclusion on this list.

Upcoming: Please stay tuned for our upcoming list of Great Health Systems to Know, which will feature several of the nation's most well-respected nonprofit health systems.

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Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health (Minneapolis). As the largest hospital in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Abbott Northwestern Hospital — part of Minneapolis-based Allina Health — serves more than 200,000 patients and families from across the Upper Midwest each year. [READ MORE]

Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn, Ill.) The nonprofit, 694-bed teaching institution provides emergency care for nearly 100,000 patients per year and has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois. Advocate Christ Medical Center serves as a major referral hospital in the Midwest for several specialties, including cardiovascular services, organ transplant, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics and women's health. [READ MORE]

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, known until 2012 as Children's Memorial Hospital, was founded by Julia Foster Porter in 1882. The original hospital was a cottage that housed eight beds. [READ MORE]

Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital. Aspirus Wausau Hospital, a Magnet-accredited facility, is the flagship hospital of the Aspirus system, which serves communities throughout 14 counties in northern and central Wisconsin, as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. [READ MORE]

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee). After operating independently to serve patients on Milwaukee's South Side, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center joined together to form St. Luke's Samaritan Health Care, the forerunner of Aurora Health Care. The 680-bed hospital is ranked No. 3 in Wisconsin and No. 2 in Milwaukee by U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 rankings. [READ MORE]

Banner-University Medical Center (Phoenix). Banner-University Medical Center, formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, is a nationally renowned academic medical center. The hospital was founded by Lulu Clifton in 1911. [READ MORE]

Banner-University Medical Center Tucson (Ariz.). Formerly the University of Arizona Medical Center, this hospital changed its name upon the merger of the University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health that was announced in 2014 and closed in March of this year. The main campus opened in 1971. [READ MORE]

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis) Robert Barnes, for whom the hospital was named, arrived in St. Louis in 1830 without a dollar in his pocket. After rising to the president position at a bank, he died in 1892 and bestowed $850,000 to the city to build a "modern general hospital for sick and injured persons, without distinction of creed." [READ MORE]

Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas). Baylor University Medical Center was founded in 1903 as the Texas Baptist Memorial Sanitarium. Then, the hospital existed in a 14-room renovated house with 25 beds. Today, the nonprofit teaching hospital encompasses more than 20 specialty centers. [READ MORE]

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.) Baystate Medical Center, part of Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Health, serves as an academic, research and teaching hospital. The 716-bed facility acts as the western campus of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. [READ MORE]

Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.) Beaumont Hospital first opened its doors in January of 1955 with 238 beds. It is part of Beaumont Health System, which closed a landmark merger with Dearborn, Mich.-based Oakwood Healthcare and Farmington Hills, Mich.-based Botsford Health Care to create a $3.8 billion nonprofit health system in 2014. [READ MORE]

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). In 1896, Methodist deaconesses founded Deaconess Hospital to care for Boston's residents. In 1916, the Boston Jewish community founded Beth Israel Hospital to care for the city's growing immigrant population. In 1996, the two neighboring hospitals came together to create one of Boston's renowned academic medical centers. [READ MORE]

Bethesda North Hospital (Cincinnati). Bethesda North Hospital opened its doors in 1970 as a satellite facility for Bethesda Oak Hospital in Avondale. The original Bethesda Oak Hospital closed in 2000, but Bethesda North has since grown to be one of the Cincinnati area's top hospitals. [READ MORE]


Billings Clinic Hospital (Billings, Mont.). The Billings Clinic dates back to 1911 when Arthur J. Movius, MD, founded a general practice in Billings, Mont. His practice grew by one practitioner in 1915, then another in the 1920s and a fourth in 1930. By 1939, the group was five physicians strong, and they decided to found the Billings Clinic as a way to attract more business partners. [READ MORE]


Boston Children's Hospital. This 395-bed pediatric medical center, which counts 25,000 inpatient admissions and more than 26,500 surgeries annually and is ranked the No. 1 children's hospital in the nation for 2014-15 by U.S. News & World Report, got its start in 1869 as a 20-bed facility in Boston's South End. [READ MORE]


Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Located in Boston's Longwood Medical Area, the 793-bed Brigham and Women's Hospital is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and includes more than 150 outpatient practices and more than 1,200 physicians. Brigham and Women's partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital in 1994 to form the nonprofit Partners HealthCare. [READ MORE]


Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). This 345-bed nonprofit regional care hospital gets its name from Margaret Burt Carle Morris, an early settler of Urbana who donated $40,000 to the city to form The Urbana Memorial Hospital Association. [READ MORE]


Cedars-Sinai (Los Angeles). Businessman Kaspare Cohn founded Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 1902 in a two-story Victorian home. The 12-bed operation grew into the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital and in 1961 merged with Mount Sinai Hospital, which got its start as a two-room hospice in 1918. [READ MORE]


Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, Ill.) The Central DuPage Hospital Association, established in 1958, set out to restore a sanitarium in Winfield, Ill., to bring healthcare services closer to home. After the renovation, the sanitarium was named the Central DuPage Hospital, opening in 1964 with 113 beds and 60 physicians. [READ MORE]


CHI St. Vincent Infirmary (Little Rock, Ark.). CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is a byproduct of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic — except that yellow fever never hit Little Rock that year. The wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Hager vowed to build a hospital in Little Rock if the city was spared, and they kept their word. [READ MORE]


Children's Hospital Colorado (Aurora). The first children's hospitals in Colorado were summer tent hospitals for babies. They were used from 1897 until 1908, when Denver residents decided they wanted a more permanent facility. Children's Hospital of Colorado admitted its first patient in 1910. [READ MORE]


Children's Hospital Los Angeles. CHLA is a 365-bed nonprofit teaching hospital affiliated with University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. Founded in 1901 in a small two-bedroom house, CHLA admitted just 14 children in its first year. By 1905, admissions were up to 225 children. [READ MORE]


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Established in 1885, CHOP is the nation's first children's hospital. Inspired by the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, Francis West Lewis, MD, convinced two of his physician friends to join him in establishing a children's hospital in the United States. [READ MORE]

The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). The Christ Hospital was founded about 125 years ago with a vision to reduce sickness and poverty. Now, the hospital is the No. 3 hospital in the Cincinnati metro area, according to U.S. News & World Report. [READ MORE]

Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, Del.). Christiana Care is a major system with two main hospital campuses. Its flagship hospital, Christiana Hospital in Newark, is the No. 1 hospital in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report. [READ MORE]

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Established in 1883, Cincinnati Children's, a nonprofit academic medical center, is one of the oldest and most distinguished pediatric hospitals in the country. It offers comprehensive clinical services, from treatments for rare and complex conditions to well-child care. [READ MORE]

Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921. The physicians who founded it, drawing from military medicine, "believed in diverse specialists working and thinking as a unit." Those principles are still in place at Cleveland Clinic. [READ MORE]

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). A full-service tertiary and quaternary care hospital, Duke University Hospital is licensed for 938 acute-care beds and 19 adult psychiatry beds. [READ MORE]

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). The history of Emory University Hospital dates back to 1904. The hospital was housed in a downtown Atlanta mansion that had been spared from destruction during the Civil War. By November 1922, the hospital was too large for its quarters and moved to its current DeKalb County site on the Emory University campus. [READ MORE]

Florida Hospital Orlando. Florida Hospital Orlando's history dates back more than 100 years when it was a small, two-story farmhouse turned into a medical facility. Now, it is part of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System and the more than 2,000-bed Florida Hospital system. [READ MORE]

Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin-Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee). Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is a regional health network made up of three hospitals and more than 25 primary and specialty care health centers and clinics. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Froedtert Hospital as the No. 2 hospital in Wisconsin. [READ MORE]

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Hackensack University Medical Center was founded in 1888 with 12 beds as Bergen County's first hospital. Today, the 775-bed nonprofit, tertiary care, teaching and research hospital serves northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. [READ MORE]

Hill Country Memorial Hospital (Fredericksburg, Texas). Hill Country Memorial Hospital has deep roots in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, as 93 percent of county residents made a financial commitment to help the hospital open in 1971. In 2014, the hospital received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. [READ MORE]

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). The foundations for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian were laid in 1944 and the hospital was completed in just two years, opening its doors on Sept. 15, 1952. It continues expanding today, as it opened a new cardiovascular center in March. [READ MORE]

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York). More than 25,000 surgical procedures are performed every year at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and surgeons there perform more hip and knee replacement surgeries than any other hospital nationwide. In 2014-15, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 1 in the country for orthopedics and No. 3 for rheumatology. [READ MORE]

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). HUP's long history of patient care dates back to the founding of the nation's first medical school, the University of Pennsylvania, in 1765. The hospital itself was established in 1874 as the nation's first teaching hospital. [READ MORE]

Houston Methodist Hospital. Houston Methodist Hospital is the flagship facility of the Houston Methodist system, housing 824 operating beds, 73 operating rooms, approximately 1,800 affiliated physicians and 6,000 employees. It is the No. 1 ranked hospital in Texas by U.S. News & World Report for 2014-15. [READ MORE]

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis). An integral part of IU Health, Magnet-designated IU Health Methodist Hospital has served patients from in and around the Indianapolis area for more than 100 years. [READ MORE]

Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, Va.). Inova Fairfax Hospital's campus includes Inova Women's Hospital, Inova Children's Hospital, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute and Inova Transplant Center. The hospital is also home to the only Level I trauma center in Northern Virginia. [READ MORE]

Integris Baptist Medical Center (Oklahoma City). In 1959, a 200-bed Integris Baptist Medical Center opened in Oklahoma City. Nearly 60 years later, the hospital now has 511 beds and features an array of centers of excellence. [READ MORE]

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). Last year, The Johns Hopkins Hospital celebrated its 125-year anniversary of providing care. The hospital opened in 1889, and the affiliated Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine opened four years later. [READ MORE]

Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. Lancaster General Hospital has been providing care for citizens of Lancaster County and beyond since 1893 when the hospital opened in a three-story residence. Now, it is the only accredited Level II trauma center in the county, a recognition it has held for more than two decades. [READ MORE]

Lehigh Valley Hospital (Allentown, Pa.). Lehigh Valley Hospital is the flagship of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, comprised of five full-service hospitals, a children's hospital, community health centers, home health and hospice services and a physician group. [READ MORE]

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Ill.). In 2014-15, U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola University Medical Center the No. 3 hospital in Illinois and also nationally ranked four of the hospital's specialties. [READ MORE]

Maine Medical Center (Portland). Maine Medical Center, located in the heart of Portland, is the largest hospital in the state and in northern New England. With 637 beds and more than 6,000 employees, the nonprofit hospital provides approximately 23 percent of the charity care delivered in Maine. [READ MORE]

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). With a Magnet designation and a passel of U.S. News & World Report recognitions under its belt, Massachusetts General Hospital was also named the best hospital in New England for 2014-15 based on quality of care, patient safety and reputation by U.S. News & World Report. [READ MORE]

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). One of the best-known names in healthcare today, Mayo Clinic passed its 150th birthday in 2013 and looks good for its age. With 59,509 employees at its locations in the Rochester, Minn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jacksonville, Fla., Mayo Clinic has developed a reputation for excellence in patient care and diagnosis. [READ MORE]

MedStar Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center. The busiest hospital in the Washington, D.C., metro area, MedStar Washington Medical Center is one of the 50 largest hospitals in the nation by bed number. The hospital, a member of the MedStar Health System, saw 89,934 patients in its emergency department in 2013, and surgeons there performed 12,068 inpatient surgery procedures. [READ MORE]

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York City). The world's oldest and largest private cancer center was also named the best cancer care center in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report in its 2014-15 rankings. Located in the center of New York City, the hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers through interdisciplinary care teams. [READ MORE]

Mercy Medical Center (Baltimore). The organization once known as the Baltimore City Hospital through the aid of the Sisters of Mercy has become the Mercy Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in Maryland. A Catholic nonprofit hospital, Mercy Medical Center was named the No. 2 hospital in Maryland by the U.S. News & World Report. [READ MORE]  

Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City). Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City is known for its medical school and general excellence in clinical care. The 1,171-bed hospital was named 16th in the nation by U.S. News & World and ranked in the top 10 for its geriatric, gastroenterology, cardiology and otolaryngology specialties. [READ MORE]

Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio). The fourth busiest children's hospital in the nation, Nationwide Children's Hospital saw more than 1 million patients in 2013. The hospital is one of the top 10 NIH-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities in the nation and ranked in all 10 specialties on the U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 rankings of children's hospitals. [READ MORE]

Nebraska Medicine (Omaha). Born in 1997 from a merger between Clarkson Hospital, University Hospital and Clarkson West Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine has grown into the No. 1 hospital in Nebraska, according to U.S. News & World Report. [READ MORE]

Nemours Children's Hospital (Orlando). A member of the Nemours Health System, which operates locations throughout Florida, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Nemours Children's Hospital was one of just nine children's hospitals in the nation to land on Leapfrog Group's Top Hospitals list in 2014. [READ MORE]

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). With 2,478 beds, 4,571 attending physicians and 21,747 staff members, NewYork-Presbyterian in New York City is one of the largest and most comprehensive hospitals in the U.S. [READ MORE]

North Shore University Hospital (Manhasset, N.Y.). The home of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and one of the Katz Women's Hospitals, North Shore University Hospital is a major component of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. [READ MORE]

NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston (Ill.) Hospital. Evanston Hospital opened in 1891 and is part of Evanston-based NorthShore University HealthSystem. The hospital, licensed for 354 beds, provides specialized cancer services at the Kellogg Cancer Center and comprehensive heart care at the Cardiovascular Care Center. [READ MORE]

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Formed in 1972 when two of Chicago's oldest hospitals merged, Northwestern Memorial Hospital is an academic medical center that serves as the primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The 894-bed hospital is home to several specialty clinics, including the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. [READ MORE]

NYU Langone Medical Center (New York City). Founded in 1841, NYU Langone Medical Center has grown to become one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Originally named NYU Medical Center, the hospital's name was changed in 2008 after it received a $200 million gift from Elaine A. Langone and Kenneth G. Langone.[READ MORE]

Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Founded in 1942, Ochsner Medical Center is the flagship hospital of Ochsner Health System, the largest nonprofit system in Louisiana. The 473-bed hospital boasts more than 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties. [READ MORE]

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). Central Ohio's only academic medical, OSU Wexner Medical Center has roots in the 1800s, when the Willoughy (Ohio) Medical Center of Lake Erie was funded. Through several name changes and a move to Columbus in 1846, the medical center today is a national leader in research, education and patient care. [READ MORE]

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital (Columbus). With roots dating back to 1892, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Center was the first hospital in the state of Ohio to be certified by The Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center.[READ MORE]

Oregon Health and Science University Hospital (Portland). Established in 1974, Oregon Health and Science University Hospital is Oregon's only academic health center. Magnet-designated for nursing excellence, 572-bed OHSU is home to several specialized research centers and institutes. [READ MORE]

Porter Adventist Hospital (Denver). Porter Adventist Hospital, sponsored by the Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System and member of Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health, was founded in 1930. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 2 in the state, and it is nationally ranked for orthopedic care. [READ MORE]

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center (Spokane, Wash.). Mother Joseph and the Sisters of Providence first founded Sacred Heart Medical Center in 1886 as a 31-bed hospital. The hospital has since grown into a major 644-bed regional medical center. [READ MORE]

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Established in 1955, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is situated on the four-acre UCLA campus in West Los Angeles. In 2008, RRUCLA reopened as a new, 10-story structure (eight above ground), one of the first total replacement hospital projects to be built in accordance with California's latest seismic safety requirements.[READ MORE]

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). This 664-bed nonprofit academic medical center got its start with Rush Medical College in 1837 when the college received its charter. It is named in honor of Benjamin Rush, MD, the only physician with medical school training to sign the Declaration of Independence.[READ MORE]

HonorHealth Shea Medical Center. Established as a small hospital on the outskirts of Scottsdale, Shea Medical Center has grown to become a large medical and research facility. The 433-bed hospital offers a wide variety of services and boasts a Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer center. [READ MORE]

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (Calif.). Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has served communities in Southern California since it was established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, American philanthropist and journalist. Today, the day-to-day operations of the hospital is overseen and managed by Gary G. Fybel, chief executive and senior vice president. [READ MORE]

Sentara Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a 525-bed tertiary care facility led by President Kurt Hofelich. The hospital is home a Level I trauma center, a burn trauma unit, Nightingale Regional Air Ambulance, Sentara Heart Hospital and several dedicated facilities and specialized services. [READ MORE]

Spartanburg (S.C.) Medical Center. Spartanburg Medical Center serves more than 100,000 people a year from a five-county area in North and South Carolina with a staff of more than 500 physicians. U.S. News & World Report ranked SMC the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. [READ MORE]

St. David's Medical Center (Austin, Texas). St. David's Medical Center boasts a lengthy list of accolades. In 2014, the medical center was chosen by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor. [READ MORE]

St. Francis Hospital (Roslyn, N.Y.). In 1922, St. Francis Hospital was founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary as New York state's only specialty designated cardiac center. Today, the hospital provides an array of specialties in cardiac care as well as noncardiac programs, including vascular, prostate, otolaryngology, orthopedic and general surgery. [READ MORE]

St. Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital is a nationally ranked 532-bed facility that employs more than 3,500 people. Founded in 1884, St. Luke's was Cedar Rapids' first hospital. [READ MORE]

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care. Formerly known as Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford Health Care has 613 licensed beds, 49 operating rooms, 1,450 faculty physicians and more than 11,200 employees. Each year, the Magnet-accredited hospital sees more than 530,000 ambulatory visits. [READ MORE]

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Tampa General Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Florida, with more than 1,000 licensed beds and serving a dozen counties with a population in excess of 4 million people. The private, nonprofit hospital is also one of the region's largest employers with roughly 7,300 employees. [READ MORE]

Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). Texas Children's Hospital is a 595-bed Magnet-recognized facility. The hospital was nationally ranked in 10 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. In 2014, Texas Children's Hospital West Campus was recognized by Leapfrog as one of only nine Top Children's Hospitals in the country. [READ MORE]

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (Philadelphia). Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the main hospital facility, was established in 1825. Today, that facility is one of five primary locations that make up Jefferson University Hospitals, comprising a collective 951 licensed acute-care beds and a wide array of clinical specialties. [READ MORE]

UAB Hospital (Birmingham, Ala.). Licensed for 1,157 beds, UAB Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the nation by bed size and is the largest academic medical center in the state. Not only is it large, it is also well-respected: According to U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 rankings, UAB Hospital is the No. 1 hospital in Alabama. [READ MORE]

UC Davis Medical Center (Sacramento). UC Davis Medical Center is a 619-bed teaching hospital that serves a 65,000-square-mile area comprised of 33 counties and 6 million residents across Northern and Central California. The hospital maintains an annual budget of roughly $1.6 billion. [READ MORE]

UC San Diego Medical Center. UC San Diego Medical Center, part of UC San Diego Health System, dates back to 1966, when the University of California overtook the lease of a county hospital to use as its primary clinical teaching facility. Surgeons performed San Diego's first kidney transplant operation there just two years later. [READ MORE]

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). UCSF Medical Center, a stalwart in San Francisco since it opened in 1907, became a little bigger this year, as it opened a new campus at Mission Bay. Now, UCSF Medical Center has three campuses: The 15-story, 600-bed main hospital at Parnassus, the Mount Zion campus that includes a surgery center and 90-bed hospital, and the newest campus at Mission Bay. [READ MORE]

UF Health Shands Hospital (Gainesville, Fla.). UF Health Shands Hospital is named for William Augustine Shands, a Florida senator who attended the University of Florida in the early 1900s. Now, nearly 900 UF College of Medicine and community physicians as well as roughly 8,000 nursing and support staff members provide care at UF Health Shands Hospital. [READ MORE]

University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland). Clocking in at 1,032 beds, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, together with Case Western Reserve University, forms the largest center for biomedical research in Ohio. Case Medical Center houses several hospitals and the UH Seidman Cancer Center. [READ MORE]

University of Chicago Medicine. University of Chicago Medicine has been treating patients on the South Side of Chicago and beyond since it opened in the Hyde Park neighborhood in 1927. In 2013, U of C Medicine contributed $283 million (22.5 percent) of its operating expenses in community benefits and services to help people in the communities it serves. [READ MORE]

University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora). The flagship facility of University of Colorado Health, this academic medical center — the only one in the region — is the No. 1 hospital in Colorado, according to U.S. News & World Report. [READ MORE]

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). Holding the distinction of being the only comprehensive academic medical center in Iowa, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is also the best hospital in the state, according U.S. News & World Report. [READ MORE]

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City). The University of Kansas Hospital — the best hospital in Kansas, according to U.S. News & World Report — is built on a legacy dating back to 1906, when the hospital first opened. [READ MORE]

University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). Established in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary, this hospital, located near the Camden Yards and Inner Harbor of Baltimore, is one of the nation's first teaching hospitals. All of its physicians now treat more than 32,000 inpatients annually.[READ MORE]

University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor). U-M's academic medical center is the first university-owned medical facility in the United States. It is the main complex for patient care within University of Michigan Health System. [READ MORE]

University of North Carolina Hospitals (Chapel Hill, N.C.). With 805 patient beds, the public UNC Hospitals is the anchor of UNC Health Care and dates back to 1952, when its N.C. Memorial Hospital opened its doors to patients. The parent organization, UNC Hospitals, was created in 1989 and today includes hospitals devoted to children, women, neurosciences and cancer care. More than 3,500 babies are born here each year. [READ MORE]

University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. University of Rochester Medical Center was founded in 1921. It is anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital, which includes a regional trauma and burn center and specializes in transplants, along with specialty care for a number of neuromuscular conditions. [READ MORE]

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The mission of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is straightforward: eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world. The hospital was created in 1941 and accepted its first patient in 1944. Since then, 1 million patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care. [READ MORE]

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle). When University of Washington Medical Center opened as University Hospital in 1959, it was one of the smallest teaching hospitals in the country. Years later, UW Medicine is one of the most influential academic health systems in the Northwest: Patients travel from across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho to receive care there. [READ MORE]

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (Madison). The Wisconsin legislature established the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in 1924, originally naming it Wisconsin General Hospital. Today, the 592-bed hospital is a critical teaching facility in the Midwest with ties to more than 1,200 physicians. [READ MORE]

UPMC Presbyterian (Pittsburgh). With roughly 650 beds and a Level I trauma center, UPMC Presbyterian is the flagship of UPMC's sprawling academic medical campus. The hospital is one staple of Pittsburgh's academic health hub: Since it was founded in 1893, UPMC has evolved from a single psychiatric hospital into a $10 billion integrated global health enterprise. [READ MORE]

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Vanderbilt University Medical Center's history stems back to 1874, one year after Vanderbilt University was founded with a grant from Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. Today, VUMC is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, and psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals. [READ MORE]

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (Richmond, Va.). VCU Medical Center is a 1,125-bed regional referral center for the state and the region's only Level I trauma center for adults and children. The hospital is affiliated with the VCU School of Medicine, which became the first college in the country to expand the medical school curriculum to four years in 1900. [READ MORE]

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). In 1941, the Wake Forest School of Medicine joined with North Carolina Baptist Hospital to create what today is known as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. This 885-bed teaching hospital includes the region's only Level I trauma center. [READ MORE]

Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Yale-New Haven Hospital is a 1,541-bed academic medical center and flagship of Yale New Haven Health System. The hospital dates back to 1826, when it opened as the first hospital in the state and fourth voluntary hospital in the country. [READ MORE]



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