Best hospitals: 2013-14 honor roll

A look at America's best
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Which hospitals rank at the top of the U.S. News' list?

Some hospitals have more expertise than others when it comes to caring for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions. And people facing such health challenges need every bit of help they can get. That's why U.S. News & World Report publishes annual rankings of the nation's Best Hospitals.

The rankings, now in their 24th year, cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties, from cancer to neurology & neurosurgery. Hospitals that rank near the top of at least six specialties earn a spot on the Honor Roll. Just 18 distinguished hospitals made this year's list.

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No. 18: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland

University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland

University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH is ranked nationally in 12 adult and 9 pediatric specialties. It was also high-performing in 1 adult specialty, as shown below. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. University Hospitals Case Medical Center is a 777-bed general medical and surgical facility with 39,056 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 10,869 annual inpatient and 14,373 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 75,233 visits. University Hospitals Case Medical Center is a teaching hospital. U.S. News included the following facilities in evaluating University Hospitals Case Medical Center: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in pediatrics. Seidman Cancer Center at UH Case Medical in cancer.

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No. 17: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 1 adult specialty, as shown below. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a 930-bed general medical and surgical facility with 46,321 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 24,023 annual inpatient and 32,259 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 112,962 visits. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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No. 16: IU Health Academic Health Center, Indianapolis

IU Health Academic Health Center, Indianapolis

IU Health Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN is ranked nationally in 11 adult and 10 pediatric specialties. It was also high-performing in 1 adult specialty, as shown below. IU Health Academic Health Center is a 1,407-bed general medical and surgical facility with 57,167 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 20,051 annual inpatient and 13,920 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 151,674 visits. IU Health Academic Health Center is a teaching hospital. U.S. News included the following facilities in evaluating IU Health Academic Health Center: Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in pediatrics.

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No. 15: Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis

Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis

Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in Saint Louis, MO is ranked nationally in 15 adult specialties. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University is a 1,305-bed general medical and surgical facility with 55,304 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 18,437 annual inpatient and 20,743 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 85,994 visits. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University is a teaching hospital.

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No. 14: NYU Langone Medical Center, New York

Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center

NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 2 adult specialties, as shown below. NYU Langone Medical Center is a 806-bed general medical and surgical facility with 37,929 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 15,070 annual inpatient and 35,004 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 45,776 visits. NYU Langone Medical Center is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). U.S. News included the following facilities in evaluating NYU Langone Medical Center: Hospital for Joint Diseases in multiple specialties. Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center in rehabilitation.

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No. 13: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA is ranked nationally in 12 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 1 adult specialty, as shown below. It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a 892-bed general medical and surgical facility with 50,453 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 17,401 annual inpatient and 13,331 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 79,707 visits. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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No. 12: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC is ranked nationally in 13 adult and 10 pediatric specialties. It was also high-performing in 2 adult specialties, as shown below. Duke University Medical Center is a 813-bed general medical and surgical facility with 38,098 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 17,052 annual inpatient and 20,425 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 69,643 visits. Duke University Medical Center is a teaching hospital. U.S. News included the following facilities in evaluating Duke University Medical Center: Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center in pediatrics.

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No. 11: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA is ranked nationally in 13 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 2 adult specialties, as shown below. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a 782-bed general medical and surgical facility with 37,849 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 14,631 annual inpatient and 10,183 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 60,968 visits. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a teaching hospital. It is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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No. 10: UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA is ranked nationally in 15 adult specialties. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is a 1,763-bed general medical and surgical facility with 63,930 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 48,129 annual inpatient and 19,164 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 119,381 visits. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is a teaching hospital.

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