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Mayo Clinic #2 in the nation, down from last year’s #1, in U.S. News ranking

Massachusetts General takes the top spot this year in the U.S. News and World Report list.

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.

Breaking down the rankings by specialties, Mayo looks great, says the Rochester Post- Bulletin:

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… 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.”