July 27, 2021
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Johns Hopkins again tops list of hospitals for rheumatology by U.S. News and World Report

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Johns Hopkins was named the best hospital for rheumatology for the fourth year in a row by the U.S. News & World Report, which recently released its Best Hospitals Survey for the 2021-2022 year.

The Baltimore hospital was once again ranked No. 1 in rheumatology this year after receiving the top honor in the 2020-2021, 2019-2020 and 2018-2019 surveys. In fact, the entire top 11 ranking in rheumatology for the 2021-2022 year remained unchanged compared to the previous year, with the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, once again rounding out the top three.

Johns Hopkins has been named the best hospital for rheumatology for the fourth year in a row by the U.S. News & World Report, which released its Best Hospitals Survey for the 2021-2022 year. Source: Adobe Stock

“We are honored to be recognized by our peers as one of the top rheumatology divisions in the country,” Ami A. Shah, MD, MHS, associate director of the rheumatology division and deputy director of the Rheumatology Precision Medicine Centers of Excellence Clinical Program at Johns Hopkins, told Healio Rheumatology. “Our mission is to provide outstanding clinical care for patients with complex rheumatic diseases while furthering innovative scientific discoveries to improve human health.”

“We also value the opportunity to educate trainees, our peers and patients about the rheumatic diseases,” added Shah, who is also codirector of the Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Center. “We are excited about our division’s work building precision medicine strategies, and its potential to accelerate scientific discovery and positively impact care for patients in the next few years.”

Ami A. Shah

Alongside its traditional hospital rankings, U.S. News & World Report also included health equity measures in its 2021-2022 survey that intended to explore racial disparities in health care — in particular, whether the patients treated at each hospital reflected the racial and ethnic diversity of its adjacent community.

“This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for important procedures and conditions to help patients, in consultation with their doctors, narrow down their choice of hospital based on the specific type of care they need,” Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News & World Report, said in a press release.

“At roughly four out of five hospitals, we found that the community’s minority residents were underrepresented among patients receiving services such as joint replacement, cancer surgery and common heart procedures,” Harder said in the release. “Against this backdrop, however, we found important exceptions — hospitals that provide care to a disproportionate share of their community’s minority residents. These metrics are just a beginning; we aim to expand on our measurement of health equity in the future.”

In addition to its honors in rheumatology, Johns Hopkins Hospital was ranked No. 1 in psychiatry and No. 3 in ear, nose and throat care for 2021-2022. It was ranked No. 4 overall in the nation, after placing third for four years in a row.

U.S. News & World Report compared more than 4,750 medical centers across the United States in 15 specialties and 17 procedures and conditions. Among these, 531 were recognized as “best regional hospitals,” based on their strong performance in multiple areas of care in a state or metro area.

For this year, the publication introduced ratings for seven procedures and conditions, increasing the number or rated services to 17 in all. The new ratings cover myocardial infarction, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, kidney failure, hip fracture and back surgery. Johns Hopkins was rated “high performing” for both kidney failure and hip fracture.

The top-ranked hospitals for rheumatology in the 2021-2022 report are:

  1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  2. Cleveland Clinic
  3. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  4. Hospital for Special Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  5. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  6. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  7. University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center
  8. New York University Langone Hospitals
  9. University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center
  10. University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital
  11. UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora

A complete list of the national rankings can be found at https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings.