Wednesday July 18, 2012

Associated Press

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

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 in Baltimore 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 high est quality care to patients and families," said MGH President Dr. Peter Slavin.

Massachusetts General Hospital, founded in 1811, is the original and largest teaching hos pital of Har vard 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 Organ ization. "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."

Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston was ranked ninth. Both are part of the Partners Healthcare system. The top 5

1. Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston)

2. Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore)

3. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.)

4. Cleveland Clinic

5. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)