5 observations on US News' Honor Roll hospitals: What 11 CEOs, 9 hospitals have in common; average case volume & more

Here are five key observations on the U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Honor Roll hospitals.

 1. Eleven of the Honor Roll's 20 hospitals have physician CEOs, including the top six:

• Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.: John Noseworthy, MD
• Cleveland Clinic: Delos Cosgrove, MD
• Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston: Peter Slavin, MD
• Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore: Paul B. Rothman, MD
• UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles: John Mazziotta, MD
• NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell: Steven J. Corwin, MD

2. Hospitals east of the Mississippi River dominated the list, making up seven of the top 10 hospitals on the Honor Roll. However, if you expand to all 20 Honor Roll hospitals, the most dominant state is on the West Coast — four hospitals from California are in the top 20, with three being in Los Angeles.

3. The top 10 Honor Roll hospitals reported 20,918 inpatient surgeries per year on average. Mayo Clinic had far and away the highest annual inpatient surgeries at 50,918 — 20,000 more than the next highest. The lowest inpatient surgeries volume came from Massachusetts General Hospital at 19,131.

4. The average annual outpatient surgical volume among the top 10 Honor Roll hospitals is 33,137. NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell had the highest outpatient surgical volume at 78,190; Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian in Philadelphia had the lowest with 10,608 outpatient surgeries.

5. Six of the top 10 hospitals currently use Epic EHR and three more are in the process of switching to Epic. The only non-Epic hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, uses Allscripts.

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