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Mass. General displaces Hopkins as nation’s top hospital

Boston is celebrating another championship, but this time it’s not a sports team.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital was named Tuesday as the nation’s top hospital by U.S. News and World Report. MGH, which held the No. 2 spot last year, displaced Johns Hopkins Hospital at the top of the annual list. Hopkins had been at the top for 21 consecutive years.

“This recognition is a tribute to the more than 23,000 staff members at MGH who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care to patients and families,” said MGH president Dr. Peter Slavin.

Paul B. Rothman, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in an email to their staff that they “are as proud as we have ever been of our impressive showing year after year.

“Just one of the hospital’s many historic achievements is that it was consecutively ranked No. 1 in the nation for 21 years out of the 23 that U.S. News & World Report has held its annual rankings of U.S. hospitals,” they wrote. “This year, the hospital is again ranked No. 1 nationally in five specialties, but due to changes in U.S. News’ methodology, it is ranked No. 2 in the nation.”

In the magazine’s inaugural ranking of hospitals within a state, Hopkins ranked No. 1 in Maryland.

Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 950-bed medical center each year admits about 48,000 inpatients and handles nearly 1.5 million visits in its outpatient programs at the main campus and satellite facilities. It also delivers more than 3,600 babies annually.

“Our competition is not other hospitals,” said Dr. David Torchiana, chairman of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. “Rather our competition is disease, health care costs, accessibility of services, and social issues such as poverty, violence and substance abuse that affect the well-being of the community.”