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THE U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT'S annual list of top hospitals was published in July. Most of the institutions it cites are referral centers, where the sickest patients are sent for cutting-edge practice. These hospitals follow-and often pioneer-new treatment guidelines, conduct bench-to-bedside research, and exploit the latest advances in imaging, surgical devices, and other technologies.


A hospital's overall performance is summed up by its U.S. News score, which is made up of three equal parts: reputation, mortality, and a mix of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. Here's the list of top hospitals for treating heart disease, ranked from 1 to 50, based on their scores (#51 previously was among the top 50 and still is considered part of the list). Shown below are the facilities, the relative ratio of nurses to patients (higher is better), and each facility's Web site. Facilities shown in red are Magnet hospitals, having met the standards for excellence set by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


A study published in Circulation's August 8, 2006, issue asserts that hundreds of hospitals across the country offer excellent cardiac care that measures up to or exceeds the care provided in the facilities listed here. For details, see "Performance of Top-Ranked Heart Care Hospitals on Evidence-Based Process Measures" at


Note: Rankings have been revised from the version published in the printed issue of U.S. News because of a data-processing error.


1. Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, Ohio (1.5)


2. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. (2.8)


3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md. (2.3)


4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. (1.9)


5. Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Mass. (2.3)


6. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital-Texas Heart Institute, Houston, Tex. (1.7)


7. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. (1.8)


8. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York, N.Y. (1.4)


9. UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif. (2.2)


10. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. (1.7)


11. Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif. (1.6)


12. William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. (1.8)


13. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. (1.7)


14. University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala. (2.0)


15. Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Ga. (1.8)


16. University Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz. (2.1)


17. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif. (1.6)


18. Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. (1.5)


19. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, Calif. (2.3)


20. Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz. (2.0)


21. Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio (1.7)


22. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich. (2.4)


23. Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pa. (2.0)


24. Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fla. (1.6)


25. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va. (1.7)


26. F.G. McGaw Hospital at Loyola University, Maywood, Ill. (2.0)


27. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital-Sentara Heart Hospital, Norfolk, Va. (1.6)


28. Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn. (2.5)


29. Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Ill. (2.0)


30. Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio (1.5)


31. Mercy Hospital Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa (1.8)


32. Summa Health System, Akron, Ohio (1.8)


33. University Health System, San Antonio, Tex. (1.4)


34. University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio (1.4)


35. Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Ky. (1.4)


36. Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Calif. (1.8)


37. Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich. (1.7)


38. University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn. (1.8)


39. Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. (1.5)


40. Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn. (1.7)


41. Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, Ill. (1.5)


42. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass. (1.6)


43. Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J. (2.0)


44. Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Tex. (1.7)


45. University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Ill. (2.3)


46. Riverside Methodist Hospital-Ohio Health, Columbus, Ohio (1.4)


47. St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville, Fla. (1.1)


48. Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, W.Va. (1.9)


49. University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va. (2.0)


50. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. (1.9)


51. Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa. (1.9)



Source: U.S. News & World Report, July 11, 2006 (updated online July 13, 2006);