The Mayo Clinic in Rochester is the second top hospital in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings.
That’s a drop from last year, when Mayo was No. 1.
This year, Massachusetts General Hospital was at the top, moving up from last year’s second.
… Mayo earned eight No. 1 rankings on the latest list — more than any other provider. In addition, the clinic placed No. 2 in three separate specialties and took third in one specialty. Mayo was among the top three for the nation for all of the 12 data-determined medical specialties.
The paper quoted Dr. John Wald, medical director for public affairs and marketing for Mayo Clinic Enterprise:
“We’re extremely pleased to be honored by U.S. News & World Report because it is used by so many health consumers to help guide their care. To be ranked No. 1 in eight of those specialties, and to be ranked one, two and three in all data-driven specialties … it really speaks to the breadth of our practice and not to one specialty. The reason we are Mayo Clinic is because patients come here to get seamless, integrated care. I think this ranking really defines that for us.
Do these rankings matter?
The paper says: “Each year the ranking becomes the focus of marketing campaigns and full-page advertising in national newspapers, but it’s unclear how much they drive the decision to visit a given provider within the top portion of the rankings.”