Is the hospital in your area any good? You can find out by looking at the U.S. News & World Reports annual rankings for 2014 released this week.
The report looks at the best medical centers for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions. Criteria such as patient survival rates, adequate nursing staff, reputation with specialist physicians and patient safety, are considered.
Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor says, ""U.S. News strives to provide patients and their families with the most comprehensive data available on hospitals. With an estimated 400,000 deaths occurring in hospitals each year from medical errors, measuring safety performance is critical to understanding how well a hospital cares for its patients."
The top 5 best overall hospitals
1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
4. Cleveland Clinic
5. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
Top 5 best cancer hospitals
1. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
2. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
4. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston
5. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Top 5 best cardiology and heart surgery hospitals
1. Cleveland Clinic
2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
3. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York
4. Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina
5. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
For less life-threatening conditions, U.S. News and World Report ranks the best regional hospitals in this list here.