The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been demoted.
The Baltimore institution is now ranked as the No. 3 best hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, its lowest score in more than two decades. Hopkins fell to No. 2 in 2012 after 21 years in the top spot. Last year, the hospital regained its first-place rank.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was deemed the best hospital for the first time this year. Massachusetts General Hospital took second place.
Hopkins officials responded to the rankings by saying they’re still pleased to be recognized as a top hospital — with 15 nationally ranked specialties — and that they will take a look at certain areas in the hospital that were not ranked as highly as at the No. 1 and No. 2 hospitals.
In a letter to hospital staff, hospital President Ronald R. Peterson and Dr. Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said their goal to provide excellent patient care “remains the same.”
“Nothing has changed at The Johns Hopkins Hospital,” the two officials wrote in the letter. “We are still the same exemplary institution with some of the most gifted minds and compassionate and highly-skilled caregivers imaginable. And we are pleased to be recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country yet again.”
U.S. News & World Report evaluated nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country this year and scored 16 medical specialties, such as cancer, urology and orthopedics. Hospitals that earned very high scores in at least six specialties were placed on the “Honor Roll.”
Hopkins was one of only 17 hospitals that made the 2014-2015 Honor Roll. Ten of Hopkins’ specialties were ranked in the top five, including rheumatology at No. 1, ear/nose/throat at No. 2, neurology/neurosurgery at No. 3 and cancer at No. 5.
Mercy Medical Center was ranked the No. 2 best hospital in Maryland, with three nationally ranked specialties, followed by the University of Maryland Medical Center, with two nationally ranked specialties.
Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, a psychiatric facility, was ranked No. 6 in the nation for that specialty.