Magazine Ranks Clinic As Third Best Medical Center

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Clinic was once again highly ranked in U.S. News and World Report's annual assessment of American medical centers.

The clinic was ranked as third best overall, improving on last year's high ranking. Its heart center was ranked as the best overall heart care facility in the country.

The top ranking overall was no surprise as Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was ranked number one for the twelveth year in a row.

Also for the twelveth straight year, the magazine rated the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., second.

Finishing out the top five were the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The magazine used several categories in deciding which hospitals were the best. Among them was reputation and how many patients died there last year. Also considered was the level of nursing care.

U.S. News said that ranked hospitals tend to adhere more closely to advanced treatment guidelines and to using new findings to care for patients.

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