100 Great Hospitals in America

Becker's Hospital Review is pleased to announce its 2013 annual list of "100 Great Hospitals." Each of following organizations have an interesting story behind them, some dating back to the 18th century, and contribute to the American healthcare landscape, whether they be community hospitals or academic medical centers, large flagship facilities or small specialty hospitals. These organizations continually improve upon themselves and are innovators for medical treatments, research, technology and care delivery. These hospitals are home to medical breakthroughs and act as anchors of health within their respective communities.  

To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team accepted nominations, conducted research and considered other reputable hospital ranking sources such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals, HealthGrades, Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Studer Group and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients.

Editor's 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, and hospitals cannot pay to be included on this list.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis). What started as a small rented house more than 130 years ago eventually became the Abbott Northwestern Hospital of today. Forty-four women founded Abbott Northwestern in 1882 as the Northwestern Hospital for Women and Children, which is now the 627-bed flagship of Minneapolis-based Allina Health. The Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern delivers care through its integrated cardiovascular care model, which combines clinical research, scientific innovation and medical services.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, Ill.). The 340-bed Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, part of Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois, has more than 950 physicians across 59 specialties. It is the only Level I trauma center in DuPage County, and it was the 2010 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for healthcare excellence. Advocate Good Samaritan was also named as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country for 2013 by both Truven Health Analytics and HealthGrades.

Aultman Hospital (Canton, Ohio). Aultman Hospital officially opened its doors in 1892 after the daughter of local banker Cornelius Aultman and her stepmother deeded 4.5 acres of land to the Aultman Hospital Association. The 808-bed, Magnet-designated hospital is now a regional healthcare leader, as HealthGrades named it as one of its top 100 hospitals for 2013. Within Aultman is the largest hospital/physician-based PPO in northeastern Ohio, AultCare, which covers more than 530,000 people. Aultman has outlined a "2020 Health Vision," with a goal of making its county healthier by 2020 through the promotion of better health behaviors and improved social and economic factors.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center (Green Bay, Wis.).
Since September 2001, Aurora BayCare Medical Center has served the Green Bay community with high-quality healthcare through physician-led decision making. The 167-bed Aurora BayCare, a joint venture between Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care and Green Bay-based BayCare Clinic, is one of the largest physician-owned hospitals in Wisconsin. Since 2010, Aurora BayCare has received 18 different HealthGrades awards, including the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the past two years.

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.). With 545 beds, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is one of the largest hospitals and tertiary centers in South Dakota. Included within Avera McKennan is a 55-bed heart hospital, as well as the Avera Children's Hospital & Clinics. The original hospital, McKennan Hospital, opened in 1911 with 55 patient beds and living spaces for 20 nurses and nuns. This year, Avera McKennan was named to 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics and was ranked as the top hospital in South Dakota by U.S. News & World Report.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the result of a 1996 merger between Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, is licensed for 1,158 beds, according to its fiscal year 2011 figures. The teaching hospital is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and it is the flagship institution of BJC HealthCare. Barnes-Jewish is the recipient of numerous awards and home to dozens of medical breakthroughs, including the first U.S. surgery that relocated a salivary gland to restore moisture to a tear duct, which has since saved or recovered the eyesight of patients. This year, the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital opened a new $27.5 million outpatient facility in south St. Louis County.

Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas). In 1903, Baylor University Medical Center — then known as Texas Baptist Memorial Sanitarium — began serving Dallas-area patients in a 14-room renovated house. Today, the academic medical center has 1,065 licensed beds through six connected facilities, 5,500 employees and more than 1,000 physicians. In its most recent rankings, U.S. News & World Report graded Baylor, the flagship of Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System, as a nationally ranked institution for gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology and gynecology. In early 2012, Baylor opened its $125 million Baylor Cancer Hospital, the first dedicated cancer hospital in the region.

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.). Baystate Medical Center, a 716-bed teaching hospital and affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine, made headlines in 2012 after it completed construction on its new 600,000-square-foot "Hospital of the Future." The Magnet-designated hospital has the second-busiest emergency department in Massachusetts and is the only Level I trauma center in the western part of the state. Baystate, which was named to 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics this year, also recently opened a new $45 million emergency and trauma center.

Beaumont Hospital (Troy, Mich.). Beaumont Health System has three distinguished hospitals within its network, and its Troy campus has become a leading, high-volume community hospital. Beaumont Hospital in Troy has 418 beds, and in 2012, it recorded nearly 30,000 patient admissions, 18,000 surgeries and 80,000 emergency department visits. The Magnet-designated hospital has received numerous awards from HealthGrades over the past three years, and Truven Health Analytics named the Troy campus to its 100 Top Hospitals this year. This past December, Beaumont Health System and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit formed a task force to complete their merger, which was announced in October.

Bethesda North Hospital (Cincinnati).
Bethesda North Hospital opened in 1970 as a satellite campus to Bethesda Oak, which was a hospital that operated for more than 100 years before closing in 2000. In 1995, Bethesda North merged with Good Samaritan Hospital to form TriHealth, the non-profit parent organization. The 375-bed hospital has earned numerous awards throughout its history, including a spot on Truven Health Analytics' 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals this year. It was also only one of two hospitals in the Cincinnati area to make HealthGrades' 100 best hospitals report for 2013.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). The Boston landscape is filled with renowned hospitals and academic medical centers, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center fits the mold. The 649-bed teaching hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has 1,250 physicians on its active medical staff. It also contains the oldest clinical research laboratory in the country, the Harvard-Thorndike Laboratory. Beth Israel Deaconess, which opened its doors in 1896 as a 14-bed infirmary, was also the only Boston-based teaching hospital to make Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals list this year. In 2012, the hospital recorded nearly 51,000 inpatient discharges and 550,000 outpatient visits.

Billings (Mont.) Clinic Hospital. The largest employer in the Billings community, Billings Clinic's downtown campus includes the 272-bed Billings Clinic Hospital, a surgery center and the region's largest multispecialty group practice with 46 physician specialties. The hospital is the only Magnet-designated healthcare organization in Montana, and Truven Health Analytics named the facility to its 100 Top Hospitals for 2013. In January, Billings Clinic was selected as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which allows organizations to share expertise and best practices to improve healthcare quality and delivery.

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center (Mechanicsville, Va.). Since 2010, the 225-bed Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center has garnered nearly two dozen individual awards from HealthGrades, ranging from outstanding patient experience to stroke care excellence to overall clinical excellence. Memorial Regional has more than 1,000 physicians and 3,000 full- and part-time employees. The hospital, which opened in 1998, also has a cancer institute, heart and vascular institute, orthopedic institute and ambulatory surgery center, making it one of the most comprehensive providers in the northwest suburb of Richmond.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital's roots date back to 1882. Five members of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy opened the hospital in a small building in downtown Charleston, making it the first Catholic-based hospital in South Carolina. The 204-bed hospital, part of Roper St. Francis Healthcare, has received several accolades over the past year from Truven Health Analytics, HealthGrades, CareChex and others, and U.S. News & World Report also ranked the hospital as high-performing in four adult specialties.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). With its history dating back more than 180 years, Brigham and Women's Hospital is home to many medical firsts, such as the world's first successful human organ transplant and the country's first triple-organ transplant. This year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the 793-bed Brigham and Women's among the 50 best hospitals in the nation for 13 different adult specialties, including second-best in gynecology. Elizabeth Nabel, MD, former director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, has served as president of Brigham and Women's since January 2010.

Bronson Methodist Hospital (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Bronson Methodist Hospital, a 404-bed facility and the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, was ranked as one of the top hospitals in southwestern Michigan this past year, according to U.S. News & World Report. A former Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, Bronson Methodist provided nearly $55 million in community benefit in 2010, which included charity care and other subsidized healthcare services. The Environmental Protection Agency, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, HealthGrades and Practice Greenhealth have also touted the hospital's achievements.

Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy (Charlotte, N.C.). In 1906, the Sisters of Mercy founded Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy as the first Catholic hospital in North Carolina. In 1995, the 196-bed hospital became part of Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System, and today it provides a full spectrum of services, including cardiac care, sleep services, emergency services and orthopedics. Truven Health Analytics named Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2013, the first time the hospital has received the award.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center started as a 12-bed facility in 1902, then known as Kaspare Cohn Hospital. Now the non-profit academic medical center has nearly 900 beds, more than 2,000 physicians in every medical specialty and 10,000 total employees. Cedars-Sinai is consistently ranked among the best hospitals along the West Coast and in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, for more than 20 years, Cedars-Sinai has ranked first in health quality, physician quality, nursing quality and other categories by National Research Corp. Since 2011, Cedars-Sinai has collaborated with health insurer WellPoint to develop clinical decision support solutions with IBM's Watson technology.

Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, Ill.). Central DuPage Hospital opened its doors in 1964 as a 113-bed hospital, but its roots date back to 1908, when the Chicago-Winfield Tuberculosis Sanatorium operated by what is now Central DuPage's main entrance. Today, Central DuPage has 313 beds, a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and a Magnet-designated nursing staff. The hospital — ranked among the 100 best in the country by Truven Health Analytics and a top orthopedic hospital as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 — recently passed its two-year anniversary as the flagship hospital of Cadence Health, which was the result of a merger between Central DuPage Health System and Delnor Community Health System in Geneva, Ill.

Chesterfield General Hospital (Cheraw, S.C.). Chesterfield General Hospital, a 59-bed hospital and sole provider within Chesterfield County, is based in the historic, rural community of Cheraw, which has a population of roughly 9,000. The hospital offers a wide array of specialties, including a new cardiology service line and bariatric center. Chesterfield General, which has 250 employees and is part of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, recently was named a top 10 CHS hospital for high scores in two major indicators of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.

The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). For almost 125 years, The Christ Hospital has served the greater Cincinnati area. It was founded in 1889 by a missionary named Isabella Thoburn, who opened the facility with 10 beds. The Christ Hospital currently has 555 beds and roughly 4,000 employees. For its 2012-13 rankings, U.S. News & World Report pegged the hospital as number one in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. The hospital was also ranked nationally ranked for diabetes/endocrinology and orthopedics. Earlier this year, The Christ Hospital's physician group acquired two physician practices, one centered on spine surgery and the other around otolaryngology.

Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del.). Christiana Hospital, a 913-bed teaching facility and the flagship of Christiana Care Health System, is the largest hospital in Delaware and one of the busiest hospitals in the country. The hospital, along with its other campuses, is among the top 35, by volume, for admissions, births, emergency department visits and total surgeries. Christiana Hospital is the only Level I trauma center between Baltimore and Philadelphia and the only delivering hospital in Delaware with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. U.S. News & World Report ranked Christiana Hospital 45th in the country last year for gastroenterology.

Cleveland Clinic. Few healthcare organizations compare to Cleveland Clinic, a 1,400-bed academic medical center in the heart of Ohio's second-largest city. Four physicians built the hospital in 1921 after they were impressed with the military's efficient medicine practices during World War I. This past year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Cleveland Clinic as the best hospital in Ohio, the fourth-best hospital in the country and the top overall hospital for cardiology and nephrology. This year, Cleveland Clinic announced a groundbreaking strategic alliance with for-profit Community Health Systems, based in Franklin, Tenn. Cleveland Clinic will help CHS with several quality efforts, including physician best practices, heart care and telehealth.

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.).
Duke University Hospital's roots trace back to 1930, when the hospital opened after three years of construction. James B. Duke established The Duke Endowment, which created the Duke School of Medicine and Duke University Hospital. The 924-bed academic medical center has been the site of several medical accomplishments, including the creation of the nation's first brain tumor program and development of the nation's first outpatient bone marrow transplant program. U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke University Hospital as the top hospital in North Carolina and eighth-best in the country in 2013.

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). In 1904, Emory University Hospital — then Wesley Memorial Hospital — was chartered with 50 beds. Nearly 110 years later, Emory is a 579-bed academic medical center with ties to the Emory University School of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory as one of the top hospitals in Georgia, and its renowned specialties have supported its accolades. It is the only multiple-organ transplant center in Georgia, and Emory physicians have pioneered several medical procedures, including angioplasty, corneal transplants and microelectrode-guided pallidotomy for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Evanston (Ill.) Hospital. Evanston Hospital, the flagship of NorthShore University HealthSystem, opened in 1891. The 743-bed hospital is a teaching affiliate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and provides some of the most specialized care in the Chicagoland area. This year, Truven Health Analytics named Evanston as one of its 100 Top Hospitals. In September, Evanston and NorthShore announced they were joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network to provide patients with access to medical resources and expertise from both systems.

Florida Hospital (Orlando). Florida Hospital, the flagship of Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System, is one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the country. Florida Hospital has more than 2,200 beds, treats more patients than any other hospital in the United States and has the largest family medicine residency in Florida. Earlier this year, it broke ground on a $210 million women's hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2015. Florida Hospital is nationally ranked in seven adult specialties, including gynecology, cardiology and urology, according to U.S. News & World Report's most recent rankings.

Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee). Froedtert Hospital and The Medical College of Wisconsin comprise a 500-bed academic medical center — the only one in eastern Wisconsin. It has more than 5,000 employees and had more than 27,000 admissions in its most recent fiscal year. Together, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin have been home to several medical firsts. Froedtert was one of the first hospitals in the country to offer intra-arterial chemotherapy for head and neck tumors, for instance. The Magnet-designated hospital has collected several awards over the years, and for 2012-13, U.S. News & World Report ranked Froedtert as the top hospital in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and ranked it nationally in four adult specialties.

Gaston Memorial Hospital (Gastonia, N.C.). The 435-bed Gaston Memorial Hospital was founded in 1946 following World War II. In 1973, Gaston Memorial established its school of nursing, and that same year, it relocated to its current site. Today, it is the flagship facility of CaroMont Health and houses several of CaroMont's signature centers of excellence, including the CaroMont Cancer Center and CaroMont Diabetes Center. The Magnet-designated facility has received several accolades from CareChex, Premier and HealthGrades. It also was named to 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in 2013.

Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa.). Founded in 1915, the 545-bed Geisinger Medical Center has become a pillar in American healthcare. The hospital is part of Geisinger Health System, the integrated delivery system hailed by President Barack Obama for its low costs and high-quality care. The system was also named to Truven Health Analytics' list of 15 Top Health Systems in 2013. Geisinger Medical Center, which is Magnet-accredited for nursing excellence, includes a Level I trauma center and offers patients access to clinical trials. Last fall, the hospital partnered with Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania to provide bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing, beginning in fall 2013.

Grant Medical Center (Columbus, Ohio). Grant Medical Center, founded in 1900, is one of eight hospitals within the OhioHealth system. With 640 beds and a Level I trauma center, this teaching hospital's physicians perform more than 20,000 surgeries every year. Grant Medical Center is Magnet-designated for nursing excellence. For 2012-13, U.S. News & World Report ranked Grant Medical Center 49th in the country for both gastroenterology and pulmonology, and as a high-performing hospital in 10 other specialties.

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center (La Crosse, Wis.). The 325-bed Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center is the nucleus of Gundersen Lutheran Health System, which currently has a strategic plan to be 100-percent energy independent by 2014. The hospital formed from the merger between Gundersen Clinic and Lutheran Hospital-La Crosse in 1995. Since 2010, Gundersen Lutheran has garnered 50 awards from HealthGrades, ranging from general surgery excellence to cardiac care excellence. This year, Gundersen Lutheran formed a partnership with a physician group to enhance cardiac services at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. When Hackensack University Medical Center was founded in 1888 with 12 beds, it was the first hospital in Bergen County. Ranked as the top hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report, the medical center is nationally recognized in eight adult specialties and one pediatric specialty. Hackensack was one of the many hospitals along the East Coast to feel the sting of Superstorm Sandy this past fall. It deployed a mobile satellite emergency department, funded through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, to help patients in need.

Henrico Doctors' Hospital (Richmond, Va.).
With 767 licensed beds, Henrico Doctors' Hospital is one of the biggest within the seven-hospital HCA Virginia. For three straight years, HealthGrades has named Henrico as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals, and in 2013, Henrico also captured HealthGrades excellence awards in joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, pulmonary care and stroke care. Last year, Henrico opened an $11.2 million freestanding emergency room, and it also plans to build a 97-bed hospital near the ER.

Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit). Henry Ford Hospital is an 802-bed tertiary care hospital and flagship facility of Henry Ford Health System. It has been a bastion for Michigan healthcare for roughly 100 years, earning accolades across most of its specialties. Henry Ford Hospital treats more cancer patients than any other hospital in Michigan, and it was the first hospital in Michigan to perform a new catheter-based procedure to treat structural heart disease. If the proposed merger between Henry Ford Health System and Royal Oak, Mich.-based Beaumont Health System is approved, Henry Ford Hospital would be the second-largest hospital within the new system.

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has been serving patients in Orange County since 1952, and the 579-bed hospital is ranked 43rd in the country for orthopedics, according to last year's rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Hoag is part of a commercial accountable care organization with Greater Newport Physicians Medical Group and Blue Shield of California. In February, Hoag announced it and Orange, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health completed an affiliation and will now operate under a new parent organization, Covenant Health Network.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). The 205-bed Hospital for Special Surgery opened its doors in 1863, making it the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States. For 22 straight years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the best in the country for orthopedics and rheumatology, and it's also nationally recognized for neurology and neurosurgery. Hospital for Special Surgery has 286 active medical staff members, who are the official team physicians for five professional sports teams. It is also a hub for major research, as the National Institutes of Health currently provides the hospital with $48.1 million in funding for 48 different studies.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic medical centers in the country. The 784-bed hospital was founded in 1765 within Penn Medicine, and it currently has roughly 2,000 physicians on its staff. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital nationally in 13 adult specialties, with otolaryngology and urology as its highest-rated services. Last summer, CMS chose Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as one of five hospitals for its Graduate Nurse Education Demonstration, which focuses on clinically training advanced practice registered nursing students.

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis). Ranked as an Honor Roll hospital by U.S. News & World Report in 2013, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital is the flagship facility of the 16-hospital IU Health — the largest health system in the state. The Magnet hospital has won several Beacon Awards and accolades from the University HealthSystem Consortium for its clinical outcomes. This year, IU Health Methodist's orthopedics program affiliated with the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, one of the largest, freestanding hand surgery facilities in the world.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (Fairfax, Va.). The 182-bed Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has several signature service lines, ranging from the Inova Spine Program to its minimally invasive gynecology center of excellence. For 2012-13, the hospital was ranked among the best in northern Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, and Truven Health Analytics also named Inova Fair Oaks to its 100 Top Hospitals list. Last year, Inova Fair Oaks broke ground on a $31 million medical office building that will include a new radiation oncology cancer center. It is expected to open in early 2014.  

John Muir Medical Center (Walnut Creek, Calif.).
John Muir Medical Center, a 572-bed facility, is the only trauma center within its county. For two straight years, HealthGrades has named the hospital as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals, and it has also received HealthGrades excellence awards for high quality in pulmonary care, neurosurgery and several other service lines. John Muir has also made news as of late, as it recently acquired a 49 percent interest in San Ramon (Calif.) Regional Medical Center in a joint venture with Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. In 2011, the hospital opened its $612 million Tom and Billie Long Patient Care Tower.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). The name Johns Hopkins has been synonymous with world-class healthcare since its founding in 1889. According to U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 rankings, Johns Hopkins was nationally ranked in 16 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties — making it one of the best hospitals for more than a decade now. In addition to its numerous medical breakthroughs, research studies and clinical trials, Johns Hopkins revamped its campus last April with a new $1.1 billion facility. The project created the Sheikh Zayed Cardiovascular and Critical Care Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center. The 1.6 million-square-foot facility includes 560 private patient rooms, 33 operating rooms, and adult and pediatric emergency departments.

Kendall Regional Medical Center (Miami).
Kendall Regional Medical Center is a 412-bed, full-service hospital and one of 15 hospitals within HCA East Florida. Kendall has developed several centers of excellence, including the Heart and Vascular Institute and the Orthopedic & Spine Institute. The hospital has received three dozen awards from HealthGrades since 2010, including being named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for two straight years. Kendall has also been recognized for quality healthcare by The Leapfrog Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Truven Health Analytics.

Lankenau Medical Center (Wynnewood, Pa.). Lankenau Medical Center's history began in 1860, when it started as a 50-bed house known as the German Hospital of the City of Philadelphia. John Lankenau, a wealthy Philadelphia merchant and the hospital's namesake, served as the hospital's president from 1869 until his death in 1901. Today, the 353-bed Lankenau Medical Center is one of the premier academic medical centers in the Philadelphia area, as it is a high-performing hospital in seven specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report. It was named to Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals lists, and the hospital also has received awards from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Blue Cross Blue Shield and other organizations.

LDS Hospital (Salt Lake City). LDS Hospital, part of Intermountain Healthcare, also based in Salt Lake City, is a 217-bed community hospital. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints established the hospital in 1905 and was largely funded by W. H. Groves, a dentist and member of the church who came to Utah from England. U.S. News & World Report ranked LDS Hospital as the top hospital in Utah this past year, and LDS Hospital is also ranked 29th in the country in gynecology. HealthGrades has also bestowed several awards to the hospital, including excellence in critical care, emergency medicine and joint replacement. In December, LDS Hospital became the first hospital in Utah to offer bronchial thermoplasty to patients with severe asthma.

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Last year, Massachusetts General Hospital did something that hadn't occurred in 21 years — it displaced The Johns Hopkins Hospital as the top overall hospital in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. The 907-bed academic medical center, the third-oldest general hospital in the country, sits in the hospital capital of the world: Boston. Mass General is the oldest and original teaching hospital for the world-renowned Harvard Medical School, which has an annual research budget of more than $760 million. Last year, the hospital opened its new Angelman Syndrome Clinic — one of only two in the country — to treat patients with Angelman syndrome, a congenital disorder appearing in newborns and lasting through adulthood that is often associated with autism and causes severe neurological impairment.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Ranked third overall among all hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic has served patients for 150 years. It started as a private practice by William Worrall Mayo, MD, and later included his two sons. Now, roughly 55,000 physicians, nurses, scientists, students and allied health staff comprise the Mayo Clinic system throughout the Midwest, Arizona and Florida. This year, Mayo Clinic announced a $5 billion economic development initiative called Destination Medical Center to secure Minnesota's status as a global medical destination center. Mayo Clinic CEO John Noseworthy, MD, also said he wants to expand the Mayo Clinic Care Network nationally and internationally to reach 200 million people by 2020.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (Baltimore). Baltimore is a haven for many renowned healthcare organizations, and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has become part of that niche. The Magnet-designated hospital is licensed for 376 beds, has 700 physicians on staff and recorded more than 114,000 emergency department visits in 2012, making it the busiest ED in Maryland. MedStar Franklin has received several accolades over the years, including awards from HealthGrades and Practice Greenhealth, and U.S. News & World Report said the hospital was a high-performing institution for cancer, neurosurgery and eight other specialties.

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center (Houston).
Since 1971, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center has been a clinical hub within the Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System. It has 426 licensed beds and encompasses the 33-story Memorial Hermann Tower, which includes Houston's first dedicated women's and children's facilities outside of the Texas Medical Center. Roughly 1,000 physicians staff Memorial Hermann Memorial City, and it is one of 55 hospitals in the country with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for pneumonia patients. This year, HealthGrades and Truven Health Analytics each recognized Memorial Hermann Memorial City as one of the 100 best hospitals in the country.

Mercy Medical Center (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has one of the more unique histories. After the Sisters of Mercy opened a 15-bed house in 1900, the group realized it needed a bigger space. The Sisters turned to an unusual source for funding: the horse track. Two men who owned the racing rights at the county fair donated one day's racing receipts toward the proposed building. Today, the 314-bed hospital has received awards from HealthGrades, Truven Health Analytics, CareChex, WomenCertified and others. In January, the hospital launched a "first-in-nation" pharmaceutical oncology robot for compounding and dispensing injectable chemotherapy medications.

The Methodist Hospital (Houston). With 766 beds, The Methodist Hospital stands as the flagship hospital of The Methodist Hospital System and Texas Medical Center in Houston. It has been the site of several medical breakthroughs, including the world's first multiple-organ transplant in the 1960s and the development of a minimally invasive procedure to repair brain aneurysms. The Methodist Hospital has more than 1,800 affiliated physicians, and it holds academic affiliations with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Baylor College of Medicine and several others. Last year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital number one in Houston and nationally ranked 13 of its adult specialties.

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