The organization examined more than 4,000 hospitals in compiling its annual rankings. Some of the best come from high-profile systems, and some lesser-known names received top honors.
Healthgrades has released its rankings of the top hospitals in America for 2024.
The annual rankings, which were published this morning, reflect an analysis of about 4,500 hospitals.
Healthgrades released three honor rolls: America’s 50 Best Hospitals; America’s 100 Best Hospitals and America’s 250 Best Hospitals. Healthgrades evaluated hospitals across more than 30 common procedures and conditions.
Brad Bowman, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades, tells Chief Healthcare Executive® that the hospitals ranking among the top 250 are all performing at the highest level.
“What's interesting about these hospitals is they're all very close,” Bowman says. “These 250 hospitals aren't that different. So number 250 isn't that much off from number one. So they're very closely, kind of jam packed in there together. It's always just neck and neck with all this. So these are all incredible hospitals.” (See part of our conversation with Brad Bowman of Healthgrades. The story continues below.)
To reach the top 100, and the top 50, hospitals have to demonstrate years of excellence. The hospitals reaching the top 100 have been recognized among the top 50 for at least five consecutive years, he says. Those in the top 50 have made the list seven or eight years in a row. The highest ranking reflects excellence over a consistent period of years.
While there are some well-known healthcare names on the lists, Bowman says, “The top 50 isn't always who you think it's going to be.”
“There are smaller, lesser known hospitals, giving them a run for their money, at least on the quality sort of side of things,” Bowman says.
Healthgrades examined Medicare data from 2020 through 2022. Healthgrades also examined a host of specialty areas to identify the highest-ranking hospitals in 32 eligible states.
Healthgrades’ platform helps patients find doctors and hospitals, and the rankings help consumers see that some hospitals stand out.
“These are really good hospitals,” Bowman says. “But these are also very uncommon hospitals.”
Here’s the list of Healthgrades’ ranking of the top 50 hospitals. For the full list, visit the Healthgrades website.
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, West Hollywood
Memorial Medical Center, Modesto
Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Burlingame,
Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Northridge,
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills,
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Encinitas
Stanford Health Care, Stanford
Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville
UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, Santa Monica
Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk
AdventHealth Orlando, Orlando
Mayo Clinic in Florida, Jacksonville
Emory University Hospital, Atlanta
Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge
Ascension Alexian Brothers, Elk Grove Village
Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana
University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington
Ascension Providence Hospital-Southfield Campus, Southfield
Beaumont Hospital, Troy
Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, Mankato
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, Rochester
Morristown Medical Center, Morristown
Overlook Medical Center, Summit
Lenox Hill Hospital, New York
Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook
Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie
Mission Hospital, Asheville
Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati
Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital, Fairfield
Mercy Health - West Hospital, Cincinnati
ProMedical Toledo Hospital, Toledo
Summa Health System, Akron Campus, Akron
The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health, Cincinnati
Chester County Hospital, West Chester
Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster
Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey
Reading Hospital, West Reading
Riddle Memorial Hospital, Media
St. Luke’s Hospital-Bethlehem Campus, Bethlehem
WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg
Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston
EvergreenHealth Medical Center-Kirkland, Kirkland
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Vancouver
Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee