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Houston Methodist Hospital now shares its status as the state’s best hospital with Dallas’ UT Southwestern Medical Center.
In U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of Texas hospitals, Houston Methodist and UT Southwestern share the No. 1 spot. Last year, Houston Methodist was the lone holder of first-place honors in Texas.
The Houston Methodist system comprises a primary care facility within the Texas Medical Center and six community hospitals across the region. In all, Houston Methodist operates more than 2,600 patient beds and employs more than 29,700 people.
Overall, Houston hospitals fared well in this year’s Texas rankings:
- Houston Methodist, No. 1
- Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, No. 3
- Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, No. 4
- Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, No. 6
- Houston Medical Sugar Land Hospital, No. 9
- Memorial Hermann Memorial Medical Center, No. 10
Specialty institutions in Houston also garnered accolades.
For instance, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center ranked first in the country for cancer care. Since the inception of the U.S. News & World Report survey in 1990, MD Anderson has been among the country’s top two institutions for cancer care.
“At MD Anderson, we remain singularly focused on eliminating cancer,” Dr. Peter WT Pisters, president of MD Anderson, says in a news release. “We are pleased to see this commitment recognized, but there is work still to be done.”
For its part, Houston Methodist nabbed national rankings in 10 specialties, including No. 4 for diabetes and endocrinology and No. 5 for gastroenterology and GI surgery.
Elsewhere in the Houston area:
- Texas Children’s Hospital nailed down the No. 1 ranking among children’s hospitals in the state.
- TIRR Memorial Hermann was again ranked as the Best Rehabilitation Hospital in Texas.
- The Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center claimed the No. 2 ranking among cardiovascular, heart, and vascular surgery facilities in the state.
- The Menninger Clinic again makes the top 10 psychiatric hospitals. It ranked No. 7 in that specialty.
“A recent survey of U.S. News users revealed more than four in five (84 percent) consider a hospital’s quality metrics to be important factors when deciding where to seek treatment for a serious medical issue,” Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News, says in a news release. “Consumers want useful resources to help them assess which hospital can best meet their specific care needs.”
Harder adds that his publication’s hospital rankings “offer patients and the physicians with whom they consult a data-driven source for comparing performance in outcomes, patient satisfaction, and other metrics that matter to them.”