August 14, 2018/News Releases

Cleveland Clinic Again Ranked No. 2 Hospital in Nation by U.S. News; No. 1 in Heart Care for 24th Consecutive Year; No. 1 in Urology

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2018-19” ranks hospital No. 1 in Ohio; 12 Specialties Place among Nation’s Top 5

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For the third year in a row, Cleveland Clinic is ranked the No. 2 hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, while holding the No. 1 ranking in urology and retaining its position as the nation’s No. 1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery for the 24th consecutive year.

*High performing

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2018-19” also named Cleveland Clinic the No. 1 hospital in Ohio and the Cleveland area. In all, 14 Cleveland Clinic specialties earned national rankings, including 12 specialties that ranked among the top five nationwide.

“All of Cleveland Clinic’s 53,000 U.S. caregivers should take great pride in this honor. Their hard work, shared sense of purpose and commitment to excellence are what distinguishes Cleveland Clinic,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic. “By working together, we will continue to deliver the highest quality care to our patients, who are the real reason we strive to do better every day.”

Cleveland Clinic is one of only 20 U.S. hospitals to be named to the 2018-19 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, a distinction recognizing hospitals that “deliver the highest quality of care across a range of specialties, procedures and conditions,” according to U.S. News. Cleveland Clinic’s ranking as the No. 2 hospital in America marks the 20th consecutive year that it has ranked among the top five hospitals nationwide. Overall, only 158 hospitals– about 3 percent of the 4,500-plus hospitals evaluated by U.S. News – were nationally.

Since 1995, Cleveland Clinic has ranked higher in heart care than any other hospital in America.

“Receiving this honor for 24 consecutive years is a true recognition of our caregivers who compassionately give their time 24/7 and for the patients who have trusted our care as the best hospital for heart care in the country,” said Lars Svensson, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute. “We are humbled by the many physicians who continue to refer their patients to us, those who choose us for their personal heart care, and rank us as the best place for heart care. This prestigious award encourages us to continue to achieve even better care for our patients, to provide a stress-free experience, and to continue to strive for research and innovation breakthroughs.”

Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute is ranked the No. 1 urology program for the second year in a row.

“We are honored and humbled once again to be named as the nation’s No. 1 urology program and to maintain our ranking as the No. 2 nephrology program in the U.S.,” said Eric A. Klein, M.D., chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. “This speaks volumes about our commitment to excellence in patient care, education, research and innovation.”

Additional details from the hospital rankings include:

  • Twelve Cleveland Clinic programs placed in the top five nationally – cancer; cardiology/heart surgery; diabetes/endocrinology; gastroenterology/GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology/neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; rheumatology; and urology.
  • In addition to Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, three other hospitals in the Cleveland Clinic health system earned national rankings:
    • Fairview Hospital. No. 19 in gastroenterology/GI surgery, No. 27 in pulmonology, No. 36 in cardiology/heart surgery, and No. 45 in geriatrics.
    • Cleveland Clinic Florida. No. 25 in gastroenterology/GI surgery and No. 42 in orthopedics.
    • Cleveland Clinic Akron General. No. 47 in pulmonology.
  • State and regional rankings compiled by U.S. News:
    • Cleveland Clinic – No. 1 in Ohio; No. 1 in the Cleveland area
    • Cleveland Clinic Florida – No. 4 in Florida; No. 1 in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area
    • Fairview Hospital – No. 5 in Ohio; No. 3 in the Cleveland area
    • Hillcrest Hospital – No. 6 in Ohio; No. 4 in the Cleveland area
    • Akron General Hospital – No. 11 in Ohio
    • South Pointe Hospital – No. 13 in Ohio; No. 5 in the Cleveland area
  • In June, Cleveland Clinic Children’s ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News in its 2018–19 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.” Cleveland Clinic Children’s earned national recognition in 10 specialties: cancer (23), cardiology & heart surgery (26), diabetes & endocrinology (39), gastroenterology (23), neonatology (50), nephrology (49), neurology & neurosurgery (24), orthopedics (50), pulmonology (32) and urology (42). No other pediatric hospital in Northeast Ohio earned rankings in all 10 specialties.
  • In addition to ranking 16 medical specialties, U.S. News also graded hospitals on nine common adult procedures and conditions. Cleveland Clinic received the highest designation – high performing – in each: aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery.

U.S. Newsmethodologies are based on objective measures in most areas of care, such as risk-adjusted survival, readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

According to U.S. News, the annual Best Hospitals rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

Editor’s Note: B-roll video of Cleveland Clinic’s heart, urology and cancer institutes, as well as laboratory and surgical procedures, can be found below. Photos can be found on Cleveland Clinic’s Newsroom.

Steven Nissen, M.D., chairman of cardiovascular medicine in Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute. Watch below. Click HERE to download.

Eric A. Klein, M.D., chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, download link. Watch below. Click HERE to download.

B-roll video of Cleveland Clinic’s heart, urology and cancer institutes, as well as laboratory and surgical procedures. Watch below. Click HERE to download.

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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic

Glickman Tower

Svensson, Lars, M.D., chair, Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute

Klein, Eric, M.D., chair, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute

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