Cleveland Clinic Named No. 2 Hospital in Nation and No. 1 Hospital for Heart Care by U.S. News & World Report

13 Cleveland Clinic specialties ranked among Top 10 nationally in U.S. News’ 2020-21 Best Hospitals rankings

Once again, Cleveland Clinic has been named the No. 2 hospital in the nation and the No. 1 hospital for heart care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Hospitals rankings.

This is the 26th consecutive year that Cleveland Clinic has earned the No. 1 ranking in Cardiology & Heart Surgery and the 22nd year in a row that it has earned a Top 5 overall ranking.

“Cleveland Clinic is constantly focused on safety and quality because it’s the right thing to do,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. “Rankings like these by U.S. News – along with those by Leapfrog, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Vizient – are an affirmation of our caregivers’ continued commitment to providing patients with the best care anywhere.”

*HP = High Performing

In all, 13 Cleveland Clinic specialties were recognized with Top 10 rankings: Cardiology & Heart Surgery (1), Geriatrics (2), Gynecology (2), Rheumatology (2), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (3), Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (4), Urology (4), Cancer (5), Nephrology (Kidney Disorders) (5), Diabetes & Endocrinology (6), Neurology & Neurosurgery (9), Orthopedics (9), and Ophthalmology (10).

“We are honored to be recognized for the 26th year in a row as the best hospital in the country for heart care,” said Lars Svensson, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. “This is a direct reflection of our devoted physicians, nurses, mid-level providers and support staff and the trust of our patients and their families.  We are also humbly committed to advancing cardiovascular medicine and surgery through our continued dedication to research and innovation.”

In addition to Cleveland Clinic’s main campus hospital, three other Cleveland Clinic hospitals earned national rankings from U.S. News:

  • Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital – No. 48 (tie) in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, No. 47 in Neurology & Neurosurgery, No. 37 in Orthopedics, No. 44 (tie) in Urology
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital – No. 43 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, No. 44 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, No. 35 (tie) in Orthopedics, No. 47 (tie) in Pulmonology & Lung Surgery
  • Cleveland Clinic Weston – No. 29 (tie) in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

Other Cleveland Clinic highlights include:

  • Cleveland Clinic has the No. 1-ranked hospitals in Ohio, and the metro areas of Cleveland, Miami, and Akron.
  • Of the Top 5 hospitals in Ohio, three are Cleveland Clinic hospitals – Main campus (1), Hillcrest (4) and Fairview (5). (More state/regional highlights listed below.)
  • State and regional rankings:
    • Cleveland Clinic – No. 1 in Ohio; No. 1 in Cleveland Metro Area
    • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital – No. 4 in Ohio; No. 3 in Cleveland Metro Area
    • Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital – No. 5 in Ohio; No. 4 in Cleveland Metro Area
    • Cleveland Clinic Akron General – No. 7 in Ohio; No. 1 in Akron Metro Area
    • Cleveland Clinic Weston – No. 5 (tie) in Florida and No. 1 (tie) in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metro area
    • Cleveland Clinic Indian River Medical Center – No. 19 (tie) in Florida
    • Cleveland Clinic Martin Health – No. 28 (tie) in Florida

According to US. News, the annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 31st year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

For the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, 10 procedures and conditions. Just 134 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In most areas of care, the rankings are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said, “The hospitals that rise to the top of our rankings and ratings have deep medical expertise, and each has built a track record of delivering good outcomes for patients.”

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. Cleveland Clinic is consistently recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 77,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,658 salaried physicians and researchers, and 19,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,699-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 23 hospitals, more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2022, there were 12.8 million outpatient encounters, 303,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 270,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at

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