100 great hospitals in America | 2018

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100 great hospitals in America | 2018


Becker's Healthcare is pleased to release the 2018 edition of its list of "100 great hospitals in America."

The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction.

Becker's Healthcare selected the following hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings, CareChex, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and Truven Health Analytics. Becker's also sought nominations for this list.

Contact Laura Dyrda at ldyrda@beckershealthcare.com with questions or comments on this list.

Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals, health systems or associated healthcare providers. Organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list and are listed in alphabetical order.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis). Abbott Northwestern's history in the Twin Cities dates back to 1882 when temperance leader Harriet Walker and 44 women opened a charity hospital for women and children in a small rented house. The hospital has since blossomed into a facility with 631 staffed beds, a reputation for community outreach and a lengthy list of recognitions for high-quality care. For its 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News & World Reportnamed Abbott Northwestern the No. 2 hospital in Minnesota. In 2018, Healthgrades recognized the hospital with a third consecutive Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn, Ill.). This 749-bed teaching hospital sees more than 100,000 emergency care patient visits annually and is home to one of the busiest level 1 trauma centers in Illinois. The medical center is also a major teaching institution, training more than 400 residents, 600 medical students and 800 nursing students every year. U.S. News & World Report named Advocate Christ Medical Center the No. 4 hospital in Illinois for 2017-18. In 2016 and 2017, Healthgrades recognized the hospital with its America's 50 Best Hospitals Award.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Chicago-based Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital is one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the region and home to more than 1,400 physicians. In fiscal year 2017, providers at Lurie Children's cared for more children than any other pediatric hospital or health system in Illinois. U.S. News & World Report designated Lurie Children's the No. 7 children's hospital in the nation in its 2017-18 rankings. In 2016, the hospital was one of nine children's hospitals nationwide to earn designation as a Top Children's Hospital for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee). Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center is one of the founding entities of the Aurora Health Care system — formed in 1984 — and is the only hospital in Wisconsin to offer patients access to a 24/7 on-site heart care team. The hospital also has a robust transplant program, with physicians at St. Luke's having performed more than 800 heart transplants over the years. Since 2016, Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center has earned recognition from Healthgrades with three consecutive America's 50 Best Hospitals Awards and three consecutive Distinguished Hospital Awards for Clinical Excellence.

Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix. Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix is one of the anchor organizations of Arizona's Banner-University Medicine health system, which is the result of a 30-year affiliation between Phoenix-based Banner Health and Tucson-based University of Arizona Health Network. Under the affiliation, Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix serves as the designated academic medical center for the University of Arizona's medical school. This academic medical center is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in three adult specialties and achieved recognition as the No. 2 hospital in Arizona on the publication's 2017-18 rankings.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). As the largest hospital in Missouri, Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center boasts a medical staff of 1,800. In 2017, the hospital saw more than 53,637 inpatient admissions and 83,618 emergency department visits. The hospital is also home to the Siteman Cancer Center, which is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named Barnes-Jewish Hospital the No. 12 hospital in the nation and the No. 1 hospital in Missouri in its 2017-18 rankings.

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (Houston). The 850-bed Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center sits on the campus of the largest medical complex in the world: Texas Medical Center. The hospital earned its second consecutive Healthgrades General Surgery Excellence Award in 2018 in addition to Healthgrades' 2018 Stroke Care Excellence Award. Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top performer in two adult specialties — cardiology and neurology — in the publication's 2017-18 rankings.

Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas). Baylor University Medical Center got its start with 25 beds in 1903 and has since grown into a facility with 914 licensed beds and more than 1,200 physicians who provide care to more than 300,000 people annually. The medical center is the flagship hospital for Baylor Scott & White Health-North Texas health system and was the first hospital of the Baylor Health Care System. U.S. News & World Report named it the No. 3 hospital in Texas in its 2017-18 rankings.

Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). Beaumont Hospital began as a 238-bed community hospital in 1955. Today, the hospital boasts 1,100 beds, a staff of 2,122 physicians and a tradition of clinical excellence. In its 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News & World Report named Beaumont Hospital the No. 2 hospital in Michigan. In 2018, the hospital received its second consecutive Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals Award. In 2017, providers at Beaumont Hospital performed 51,248 surgical procedures and cared for 130,733 emergency patients. The hospital supports around 2,122 physicians and 454 residents and fellows.

Boston Children's Hospital. This 404-bed comprehensive pediatric care center earned designation from U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 children's hospital in the nation for 2017-18. The hospital is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a children's hospital, with a research community of more than 1,100 scientists; current research initiatives have garnered $225 million in annual funding. The hospital schedules more than 550,000 patient visits every year and experiences more than 25,000 inpatient admissions.

Boston Medical Center. Boston Medical Center, a 567-bed academic medical center situated in the diverse South End neighborhood of Boston, is the largest safety-net provider in New England. With more than 132,000 emergency department visits in 2017, BMC is also home to the largest and busiest trauma and emergency center in New England. BMC serves a critical patient population: 57 percent of visits are made by underserved populations, including low-income and elderly patients, and 32 percent of patients are not primary English speakers. As such, BMC has put an incredible emphasis on community-based care and accessibility. It offers a Preventive Food Pantry for nutrition-related illness, invested $6.5 million in December 2017 in an affordable housing initiative, offers face-to-face interpreters on-site in 14 languages, and can use video and telephonic interpreting to provide services in up to 250 languages. BMC is driven by its Vision 2030 initiative to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Brigham and Women's Hospital, a founding member of Boston-based nonprofit health system Partners HealthCare, is a 793-bed general medical and surgical hospital and a major teaching affiliate of the local Harvard Medical School. The hospital clocks more 4.2 million patient encounters and nearly 46,000 inpatient stays each year. U.S. News & World Report ranked BWH the No. 2 hospital in Massachusetts and the No. 4 hospital in the country for cancer care and gynecology in 2017-18. BWH is renowned for its research prowess: The BWH Research Institute is among the top independent hospital recipients of NIH funding. In December, Reisa Sperling, MD, director of the hospital's Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment, became one of three physician-scientists who will launch the Alzheimer's Clinical Trials Consortium, funded with a $70 million NIH grant, to accelerate clinical trials and find new ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer's and dementia.

Carilion Roanoke (Va.) Memorial Hospital. The 703-bed Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is the flagship facility for Carilion Clinic. Located in a large rural setting, CRMH offers patients a level 1 trauma center, neonatology ICU and pediatric ICU. The hospital is committed to providing excellent care today and tomorrow through the residencies and fellowships it offers in partnership with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke. As part of its forward-looking vision, CRMH is also dedicated to sustainability, using cleaner energy, creating less waste, purchasing environmentally friendly chemicals and using local food sources. Its latest sustainability project involves replacing 30,000 light bulbs with energy efficient alternatives.

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Carolinas Medical Center — home to a trauma center, neonatology ICU and pediatric ICU — is the flagship teaching facility of the 40-hospital Carolinas HealthCare System, which recently rebranded as Atrium Health to reflect its growing regional footprint. Atrium Health planned to expand this footprint to 50 hospitals through a merger with Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care; however, this deal was called off in March. Carolinas Medical Center remains a partner of UNC, providing clinical education for students enrolled in its medical school as the UNC School of Medicine-Charlotte Campus. Carolinas Medical Center supports a clinical staff of 1,100 physicians and providers as well as 200 training residency spots in a variety of specialties.

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Ranked the No. 6 pediatric hospital in the country in 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles is one of the country's premier children's healthcare providers. CHLA was founded in 1901 as the first pediatric hospital in Southern California. It has grown to become a 495-bed medical center that sees 14,600 inpatients, more than 343,000 outpatients and nearly 72,000 emergency patients per year. CHLA provides more than $232.6 million in community benefits annually. Its partners include the Los Angeles-based Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services and Los Angeles-based AltaMed Health Services.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Established in 1855, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was the nation's first dedicated pediatric hospital. In its first year, the hospital had 12 beds and served fewer than 400 patients. Today, it has 546 beds and more than 1 million inpatient and outpatient visits annually — and it is also one of the nation's most lauded pediatric care providers. U.S. News & World Report ranked CHOP the No. 2 children's hospital in the country in 2017-18, but it ranks No. 1 for pediatric pulmonology and pediatric diabetes and endocrinology. As an affiliate of the Philadelphia-based Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, CHOP is home to dozens of specialty programs for serious and rare disorders. However, it is also dedicated to community-based care and operates the largest pediatric healthcare network in the country. The CHOP Care Network brings top-notch care to patients at 50 offices, specialty care centers and surgical centers across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings. Its first-rate care touched millions of patient lives last year alone; the 315-bed hospital counted 12,333 inpatient stays in the 2017 fiscal year, 23,389 surgical procedures, 146,748 emergency and express care visits and more than 1 million outpatient visits. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh also leads the way among its peers in health IT adoption. It was the first pediatric hospital to earn Stage 7 recognition for its EHR from HIMSS Analytics and it recently released a mobile app that gives patients access to a patient portal, care locations and directions, among other services. Last fall, it began to digitize its clinical research opportunities. With the University of Pittsburgh Clinical Translational Science Institute, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh launched the Center for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Health Research, which will offer an online resource for children and families to learn about project eligibility.

Children's National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.). Children's National Medical Center is the only health system in the District of Columbia dedicated to pediatric care. Located in our nation's capital, Children's National is deeply committed to advocating for children's health in federal, state and local policy levels through its Child Health Advocacy Institute. In partnership with other agencies and organizations, the hospital provided more than $100 million in community benefit across 90 programs and activities in fiscal year 2016. The medical center also gives back to the medical community, providing pediatric training for third- and fourth-year medical students at George Washington University, Howard University and other medical schools, as well as 120 pediatric residents and 170 fellows each year. The medical care provided at Children's National puts it among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation for 2017-18, according to U.S. News & World Report. Last year, the hospital opened the Children's National Rare Disease Institute, which offers advanced care for rare genetic conditions and is the first institute to be designated a Center of Excellence for Clinical Care for Rare Diseases by the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del). Christiana Hospital is part of the two-campus Christiana Care Health System, based in Wilmington, Del. As part of a system and on its own, the 913-bed Christiana Hospital has earned accolades from numerous organizations for high-quality care. U.S. News & World Report named Christiana Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Delaware in 2017-18. The hospital is Delaware's only level 1 trauma center and only high-risk delivering hospital with a level 3 neonatal ICU. CareChex also ranks Christiana Hospital among the top 10 hospitals for medical excellence in overall hospital care. As a system, Christiana Care is one of 11 percent of the nation's health systems to earn a five-star rating from CMS, the highest possible quality rating. In addition, the system is recognized by HHS as the region's only National Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health, and its cancer institute has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons since 1951.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-university academic medical center with more than 1,500 research projects in motion across 15 research core facilities, from biobank and translational research to molecular therapeutics. In February 2018, Cedars-Sinai sealed an affiliation deal with Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center to enhance care coordination and increase access to clinical trials, bringing the latest research and technologies to even more patients. Cedars-Sinai is also known for its top-notch medical care; the 886-bed medical center saw more than 92,000 emergency visits, over 765,000 outpatient visits and more than 50,000 admissions from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. The quality of care in each and every one of those interactions put Cedars-Sinai at the top of the U.S. News & World Report ranking for 2017-18, where it snagged the No. 11 spot in the national Best Hospitals Honor Roll.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center was founded in 1883, making it one of the oldest children's hospitals in the nation. The 629-bed nonprofit pediatric academic medical center reported more than 1.3 million patient encounters in fiscal year 2017, which included patients from all 50 states, as well as 58 countries. Cincinnati Children's also holds a medical affiliation dating back to 1926 with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine's department of pediatrics, where more than 600 residents and clinical fellows are trained in numerous pediatric specialties every year. Cincinnati Children's ranked No. 3 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of Best Children's Hospitals, marking the hospital's seventh consecutive year among the top three.

Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic's 167-acre main hospital campus comprises 1,400 beds, 101 operating rooms with seven hybrid surgical suites, and 44 buildings. In 2016, clinicians at Cleveland Clinic Health System served patients from all 50 states and 185 countries through 7.14 million outpatient visits, 207,610 surgical cases and 220,059 acute admissions and observations. The hospital has a history of innovation, performing the first coronary angiography in 1958, the first minimally invasive aortic heart valve surgery in 1996 and the first near-total face transplant in 2008. U.S. News & World Report listed Cleveland Clinic as the No. 1 hospital in Ohio and the No. 2 hospital in the nation in 2017-18. The hospital's heart program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation every year since 1995.

Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital (Cleveland). Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital has provided healthcare services to the Cleveland community for more than 110 years. The 488-bed community hospital is a leader in blood conservation, education and research efforts and offers residency training programs for family medicine, general surgery and internal medicine. Cleveland Clinic Fairview contains a level 2 trauma center and the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer in 2017. U.S. News & World Report named Cleveland Clinic Fairview the No. 6 hospital in Ohio and the No. 3 hospital in Cleveland in 2017-18.

DMC Harper University Hospital (Detroit). DMC Harper University Hospital is one of the oldest teaching hospitals in the nation, with roots dating back to 1863. The hospital is part of the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, which is staffed by more than 1,000 full-time medical experts and educators focused on innovative medical research and clinical trials. In 1952, a surgeon at Harper University Hospital partnered with General Motors to develop the first mechanical heart pump, which made open-heart surgery possible. U.S. News & World Report ranked Harper University Hospital No. 4 on its 2017-18 list of best hospitals in Michigan.

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Duke University Hospital opened its doors to patients in 1930 and launched the nation's first brain tumor program in 1937. The hospital also established the first clinical nursing specialist program in 1958 and the first physician assistant program in 1965 to address a national shortage of primary care physicians. Today, Duke University Health System staffs about 17,520 full-time employees. In fiscal year 2017, Duke University Hospital recorded 42,609 inpatient admissions and 1,085,740 outpatient visits. Duke University Hospital ranked No. 17 in the country and No. 1 in North Carolina on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings.

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Emory University Hospital, which started in 1904 as a 50-bed facility housed in an Atlanta mansion, has since transformed into the 733-bed flagship hospital for Emory Healthcare, the most comprehensive health system in Georgia with more than 17,000 employees. Emory University Hospital houses the fifth busiest solid organ transplant center in the country, where more than 320 transplant procedures are performed annually. The hospital also contains a serious communicable diseases unit, where clinicians treated the nation's first Ebola patients in 2014. U.S. News & World Report recognized Emory University Hospital as the best hospital in Georgia for the seventh consecutive year in 2017-18.

Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee). Froedtert Hospital, a 585-bed academic medical center with 1,552 physicians, is the primary adult teaching affiliate for the Medical College of Wisconsin. The hospital serves as a major referral center for advanced medical care in eastern Wisconsin and operates the region's only adult level 1 trauma center. The hospital is also a respected research institution, conducting more than 2,000 studies, including clinical trials, annually. In 2017, Froedtert clinicians delivered 2,701 babies, treated 71,989 patients in the emergency room and performed 9,587 inpatient surgeries.

Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, Pa.). Founded in 1905, Geisinger Medical Center serves as the flagship hospital for Geisinger, a 2,005-bed health system with more than 30,000 employees. The hospital offers many healthcare services unavailable elsewhere in central Pennsylvania and completed 28,710 patient admissions, 26,087 surgeries and 898,273 outpatient visits in 2017. Geisinger implemented its ProvenExperience initiative in 2015 as an innovative approach to value-based care. The program allows patients to request refunds if they are dissatisfied with their care, and so far, the hospital has returned more than $1 million to patients. Geisinger is also a leader in using DNA sequencing data to better inform healthcare through its MyCode Community Health Initiative, which had more than 173,000 participants as of late 2017.

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Hackensack University Medical Center was founded as a 12-bed facility in 1888. Today, the nonprofit teaching and research hospital is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services in New Jersey. The 775-bed hospital is also one of the few institutions in the nation with a dedicated medication safety officer who oversees pharmacy safety measures. U.S. News & World Report named HackensackUMC the top hospital in New Jersey and among the top four New York metro area hospitals in its 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings. HackensackUMC is also the only hospital in New England to earn a spot on Healthgrades' list of America's 50 Best Hospitals for nine consecutive years, most recently in 2015.

Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit). Automobile pioneer Henry Ford financed and built Henry Ford Hospital in 1915. The original structure could accommodate 48 patients, with additional buildings housing a surgical pavilion and research quarters. Today, the 877-bed tertiary care hospital and education and research complex serves as the flagship facility for Henry Ford Health System. The hospital is staffed by the Henry Ford Medical Group, which is one of the nation's largest medical groups with 1,200 physicians and researchers in more than 40 specialties. Henry Ford Hospital contains a level 1 trauma center and specializes in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery and neurosurgery, among other areas.

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, Calif.). Founded in 1952, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is part of the three-hospital, 597-bed Hoag health system. In 2012, the health system created the Hoag Medical Group to meet community needs for internal medicine, family medicine and specialty care. The health system's network spans 1,500 physicians in 52 specialties. Hoag Hospital Newport Beach is a certified comprehensive stroke center by DNV GL Healthcare. U.S. News & World Report ranked two of the hospital's adult specialties nationally for 2017-18. In addition, CareChex ranked Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian 71st for Overall Medical Care 2018.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). The nation's oldest orthopedic hospital, Hospital for Special Surgery is the world's largest academic medical center focused on orthopedics, rheumatology and associated specialties. HSS holds 215 licensed beds and 36 operating rooms, with surgeons performing more hip and knee procedures than any other hospital in the U.S. HSS has committed $40 million-plus to research and employs more than 200 researchers to develop and test new innovations. HSS researchers pioneered the regional anesthesia technique and created protocols for diagnostic imaging of bones, tendons, ligaments and more. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 1 in the U.S. for orthopedics in 2017-18. HSS also ranked No. 1 among the CareChex Top Hospitals for Medical Excellence - Overall Hospital Care 2018.

Houston Methodist Hospital. A nonprofit healthcare organization, Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, as well as Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and other academic centers. Houston Methodist is the flagship hospital of the eight-hospital Houston Methodist system, housing 907 operating room beds and 78 operating rooms. In 2017, the hospital received a $101 million donation from Rusty and Paula Walter, the largest philanthropic gift in its history; the money will go toward the hospital's neuroscience research. Houston Methodist is ranked No. 1 among Texas hospitals and has eight adult specialties ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

Huntington Hospital (Pasadena, Calif.). Founded over 125 years ago, Huntington Hospital is a nonprofit independent hospital that provides around $101 million in economic benefits to the community annually. The hospital holds 619 beds and is the sole level 2 trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley. Huntington Memorial is certified as a comprehensive stroke center and a STEMI Receiving Center. Huntington Memorial was also ranked as the No. 4 hospital in the Los Angeles area and the No. 9 hospital in California by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

Indiana University Health University Hospital (Indianapolis). IU Health University Hospital is an academic medical center where more than 1,000 residents and fellows undergo training annually. In 2017, IU Health had more than 33,000 team members who provided care for 119,908 admissions and 493,565 ER visits. The hospital's Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center — the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state that provides patient care — has more than 200 scientists and participates in 600 clinical trials each year. The hospital is No. 1 in Indiana and ranked in seven adult specialties nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

Intermountain Medical Center (Murray, Utah). Equipped with 504 beds, Intermountain Medical Center is the largest hospital in Utah. The hospital opened in 2007 and serves as the flagship facility of Intermountain Healthcare. The medical center also holds six intensive care units, a transplant program and a mechanical/artificial heart program. The hospital gives back to the community through its involvement in Intermountain Healthcare's Project Extension for Community Health-care Outcomes, which connects its multidisciplinary team with community healthcare workers. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital second in Utah and ranked the hospital nationally for pulmonology for 2017-18.

Johns Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore). Founded in 1912, Johns Hopkins Children's Center is the largest children's hospital in Maryland and the sole state-designated trauma service and burn unit for pediatric patients. Physicians provide care in the 205-bed Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2012. Johns Hopkins Children's Center ranked as the fifth-best children's hospital in the country, according to 2017-18 rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). Opened in 1889, the Johns Hopkins Hospital now encompasses 33 operating rooms, the Sheikh Zayed Tower, the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center, the Nelson/Harvey Building, and adult and pediatric emergency departments. In 2016, the hospital's surgeons performed the world's first liver transplant with an HIV-positive donor and recipient. The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranks as the third-best hospital in the nation and No. 1 hospital in Maryland, according to 2017-18 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also nationally ranked for 15 adult specialties and 10 children's specialties.

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Chicago). The flagship hospital of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System, the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County houses 450 beds. John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County is a teaching hospital and level 1 trauma center. It has 300-plus attending physicians and 400-plus medical residents and fellows providing obstetric, pediatric, intensive care, neonatal intensive care and burn services. More than 40 percent of the hospital is used as an outpatient specialty care center.

Keck Hospital of USC (Los Angeles). Keck Hospital of USC is one of two acute care hospitals under the Keck Medicine of USC umbrella, which also includes the NCI-designated USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital, and a network of more than 40 ambulatory clinics throughout the region. The 401-bed Keck Hospital of USC specializes in highly-complex, tertiary and quaternary care and its physicians who teach and research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, one of two university-based medical systems in Los Angeles. In 2016, the hospital reported 711 faculty physicians and more than 900 residents and fellows. U.S. News & World Report ranked five of Keck's adult specialties nationally for 2017-18.

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest (Allentown, Pa.). Comprising 900-plus beds and a level 1 trauma center, Lehigh Valley Hospital is the flagship facility for Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network. The facility was ranked the No. 5 hospital in Pennsylvania on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2017-18 list. The report also named LVH among the top 3 percent of hospitals nationally in gastroenterology and GI surgery. Other recent awards include Vizient's 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for superior quality and patient safety.

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Ill.). Loyola University Medical Center is a quaternary care facility with a level 1 trauma center, nationally recognized burn and transplant centers, and a special 20-bed unit for patients undergoing stem cell transplants. The hospital has 760 affiliated physicians as well as 6,151 employees and 2,400 trainees. Among its many nationally ranked specialties, the 547-bed hospital's orthopedics program was ranked among the top 3 percent in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. The hospital cemented its stellar reputation in orthopedics in the last eight years; between 2010 and 2015, the hospital grew its total and partial shoulder replacement program tenfold.

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Comprising 1,000-plus beds and about 2,400 physicians, Mass Gen sees about 50,000 inpatient admissions per year. The medical center was ranked the No. 4 hospital in the nation — and No. 1 in Massachusetts — by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. It is one of a handful of hospitals that consistently rank nationally in all 16 specialties considered by U.S. News. As the original teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School, Mass Gen has strong roots in medical research and innovation, boasting an annual research budget of more than $900 million.

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). About 1.3 million people from all 50 states and 136 countries visited Mayo Clinic for patient care in 2017. The medical center — comprising Mayo Clinic Hospital and its Saint Marys and Methodist campuses — was ranked the No. 1 hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. In 2017, Mayo Clinic's integrated medical center had 4,729 physicians and scientists as well as 58,405 allied health staff. In addition to excellence in patient care, Mayo has been nationally recognized for its commitment to diversity and inclusion, an integral part of its mission to provide excellent care to patients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The medical center earned a spot among DiversityInc's Top 12 Hospitals and Health Systems in 2017.

Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville (Fla.). Mayo Clinic opened its Jacksonville facility in 1986, and the 261-bed hospital continues to deliver the same level of high-quality care associated with the Mayo name. U.S. News & World Reportnamed Mayo Clinic-Jacksonville the No. 1 hospital in Florida for 2017-18 thanks to the dedicated efforts of its 5,804 allied health staff members and clinicians, including 547 physicians and scientists. The hospital is also well-regarded for its commitment to sustainability and received the Greening the OR Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth in 2017.

Mayo Clinic-Phoenix. Mayo Clinic-Phoenix serves 100,000-plus patients per year through its 6,634-member clinician and allied health staff team, including 616 physicians and scientists. Its medical campus, which opened in 1987, includes a 268-bed hospital, 21 operating rooms and an emergency department. The Phoenix-based facility is the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. The hospital has been recognized multiple times by Phoenix Magazine as the Best Hospital in Phoenix, and it earned the No. 20 spot on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll 2017-18.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, D.C.). Founded in 1898, MedStar Georgetown comprises 609 beds. The faith-based hospital is recognized nationally for nursing excellence, in recent years earning awards such as the Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the Prism Award by the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital was the first in Washington, D.C., to earn Magnet recognition in 2004. Last year, MedStar Georgetown became the first U.S. hospital to receive the Patient Blood Management Certification, a prestigious award recognizing excellence in patient blood treatment.

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston). Founded in 1925, this academic medical center is one of only two level 1 trauma centers serving the greater Houston area. In 2014, UHC recognized Texas Medical Center among the top-performing AMCs in the nation in quality and accountability. More recently, CareChex ranked Memorial Hermann the No. 1 health system for overall hospital care in 2018. Texas Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. The medical center is well-known for its Heart & Vascular Institute, which has been recognized by the American Heart Association for achievements in quality and safety.

Methodist University Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.). Methodist University Hospital is the largest, most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Healthcare system. The 617-bed facility is the principal teaching hospital of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and was named the No. 1 hospital in greater Memphis by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee named Methodist University a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care due to its high performance in patient safety and outcomes.

Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton, Ohio). Since its founding in 1890, Miami Valley Hospital has been a cornerstone of the Dayton community. In the last 20 years, MVH launched a neighborhood revitalization effort, completed a $19 million neonatal intensive care unit expansion and opened a comprehensive cancer center. MVH also belongs to integrated health network Premier Health, offering comprehensive healthcare services across the southwest Ohio region. The hospital was recognized as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals 2016-17 by Healthgrades, and as one of Watson Health's 100 Top Hospitals in 2018.

Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center. Morristown Medical Center, part of the six-hospital Atlantic Health System in Morristown, comprises 6,700 employees and 1,974 physicians and medical residents. In 2017, the hospital witnessed 43,171 admissions and 96,335 emergency visits. The 727-bed hospital is also home to the only comprehensive stroke center in Morris County, N.J. MMC was ranked the No. 2 hospital in the state by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18 and was ranked among America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2018 by Healthgrades, marking the third consecutive year it has received that recognition.

Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City). Mount Sinai Hospital was founded in 1852 and has since become one of the leading tertiary-care teaching hospitals in the nation. The 1,171-bed facility is the only hospital in the state to earn disease-specific care comprehensive stroke care certification from The Joint Commission. Mount Sinai Hospital was ranked among the top 20 best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18, as well as the No. 2 hospital in the state for the same year.

MUSC Health-University Medical Center (Charleston, S.C.). The Charleston-based Medical University of South Carolina was founded in 1824 and trains more than 3,700 students and residents annually across its six colleges. MUSC Health, part of MUSC, comprises a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children's hospital, the state's only transplant center and National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, and more than 100 outreach locations statewide. MUSC ranked as the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina for 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report, and was ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. for ear, nose and throat; gynecology; cancer; and other specialties for the same year.

Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio). Founded in 1892, Nationwide Children's Hospital saw more than 1.4 million patient visits in 2017 from patients across all 50 states and 48 countries. The 476-bed hospital is also home to the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's, which was among the top National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities in the nation in 2017. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the hospital among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation. Nationwide Children's tied for the No. 7 best hospital in the nation for U.S. News' 2017-18 rankings.

Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha). Nebraska Medicine, which is the primary clinical partner of University of Nebraska Medical Center, has more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and its specialists see patients from all 50 states and from 47 countries. U.S. News & World Report ranked Nebraska Medicine, which includes 809 licensed beds at its two hospitals, the No. 1 hospital in Nebraska for 2017-18. In 2017, Nebraska Medicine received the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award from Vizient.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City). NewYork-Presbyterian was created through the merger of The New York Hospital and The Presbyterian Hospital in January 1998, and at the time was the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the state with 2,200 patient beds and 13,000-plus employees. Today, the hospital maintains 2,527 inpatient beds and saw roughly 2.16 million total outpatient visits in 2017. NewYork-Presbyterian was ranked the No. 8 best hospital in the nation and the No. 1 hospital in the state by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Northwestern Memorial Hospital was created in September 1972 through the consolidation of two of Chicago's oldest hospitals. The 894-bed hospital serves as the primary teaching affiliate for the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, also in Chicago. Northwestern Memorial was one of the first hospitals in the nation to dedicate private rooms to all patients, and has continued to do so for the past three-and-a-half decades. For its 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News & World Report named Northwestern Memorial the best hospital in Illinois and the No. 13 best hospital in the nation. In 2016, the American College of Healthcare Architects recognized Northwestern Memorial with the Legacy Project Award, celebrating the facility's forward-thinking and enduring hospital design.

NYU Langone Health (New York City). NYU Langone Health comprises five inpatient locations across New York City, including the 450-bed teaching facility NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn and the 725-bed Tisch Hospital, among others. The medical center is also home to the Comprehensive Stroke Center, which The Joint Commission recognized as one of the best institutions nationwide for patients to receive stroke care. The institution has consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, as well as among the top hospitals for several specialties. U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU Langone Health among the top 20 best hospitals in the U.S. for 2017-18. The publication has also ranked the institution's rehabilitation facility, Rusk Rehabilitation, among the top 10 rehabilitation programs in the nation since 1989.

Ochsner Medical Center (New Orleans). Ochsner Medical Center was founded in 1942 by five physicians, and has since grown to comprise 30 hospitals, 1,200-plus physicians in more than 90 specialties, and more than 18,000 employees. The medical center is also home to 273 medical residents completing programs in 27 specialties. In 2009, the hospital partnered with Brisbane, Australia-based University of Queensland to form the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School. The medical center, which conducts more than 700 clinical research studies annually, was named the No. 1 hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus, Ohio). OSU Wexner comprises seven hospitals with 1,382 total patient beds, 22,727 employees and 1,571 physicians. The health system sees approximately 1.7 million patients annually, and each year provides roughly $170 million in charity care and community support to Ohio residents. OSU Wexner also serves as the only academic medical center in central Ohio, with more than 20 research centers and institutes. The hospital was named the No. 3 hospital in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

OHSU Hospital (Portland, Ore.). Created in 1887, OHSU Hospital is the state's only academic health center and maintains an operating budget of $2.8 billion. The 576-bed hospital employs 15,958 individuals and sees roughly 1.01 million patients annually across its various facilities. In 2016, OHSU ranked No. 35 on Reuters' list of the 100 most innovative universities in the world. OHSU Hospital was also ranked as the top hospital in Oregon by U.S. & World Report for 2017-18.

Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian (Philadelphia). Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, which is part of the 2,876-bed Penn Medicine health system, sits on a 1.35 million-square-foot campus with a level 1 regional resource trauma center and the Penn Medicine Pavilion for Advanced Care. The hospital's campus is home to Penn Musculoskeletal Center, the first musculoskeletal center in Philadelphia. This year, the hospital was named to the 2018 class of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality Index 2018," and U.S. News & World Report ranked Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian No. 1 in Pennsylvania and No. 10 in the nation for 2017-18.

Providence Portland (Ore.) Medical Center. Providence Portland Medical Center is a 483-bed facility that is part of Providence St. Joseph Health, a nonprofit 50-hospital healthcare network. Providence Portland reported 20,092 admissions in 2017, as well as 61,623 ED visits, and provided over $162 million in charity care and unpaid community benefit. In its latest move to empower its patients, Providence will participate in the Apple Health records program, which enables patients to store their medical records on their iPhones.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, ranked as the No. 7 hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. As a nonprofit, self-supporting medical center with 520 private patient rooms, UCLA Medical Center employs 1,500 full-time physicians, and it was one of the first hospitals in California to be rebuilt to abide by the state's seismic safety standards for buildings. The hospital's patio — known as the Garden of Peace — its nondenominational meditation room, and its child life playroom help make the facility unique.

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). The Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center is a private health sciences institution and part of the Rush University system. Rush University trains more than 670 medical residents and fellows, as well as 2,500 students across four hospitals and numerous outpatient care facilities. Known as one of the top academic medical centers in the country, Rush University Medical Center received more than $102 million in total research awards in 2017. U.S. News & World Report named Rush among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for eight out of 16 performance categories in 2017-18. For the 12th consecutive time, Rush earned an "A" grade from the Leapfrog Group for patient safety in the fall of 2017, and it earned a five-star rating from CMS' quality measure in the most recent ratings. In October 2017, the hospital was one of five selected to take part in a six-year, $200 million federal pilot program to find ways to address primary care clinician shortages.

Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Sanford USD Medical Center is the teaching institution for Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota and is operated by the 45-hospital Sanford Health System. With 545 beds, 4,000 employees and a level 2 trauma emergency care center, the hospital offers a wide range of services to a largely rural patient base. The hospital includes a branch of Sanford Health's Total Joint Replacement program, which treats more than 2,000 patients per year. Sanford USD Medical Center is ranked No. 1 in South Dakota by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (Calif.). Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is ranked No. 1 in the San Diego region by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. The hospital houses 444 licensed beds, as well as a level 2 trauma center and 24-hour emergency services. In fiscal year 2016, the hospital invested nearly $77.1 million in community benefit programs and services for the La Jolla area, and this year, Fortune named Scripps Health a top 50 employer in the U.S. on its annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.). Families receiving care at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital never receive a bill for treatment, travel or housing expenses; care is instead funded primarily through donations. Public contributions cover 75 percent of St. Jude's operating costs, which total $2.4 million per day. The hospital is one of 69 National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers in the U.S., and U.S. News & World Reportranked St. Jude as the No. 1 hospital in the nation for pediatric specialty care in 2017-18.

St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City (Mo.). St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City has a network of 600 physicians and serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. In its most recent reporting period, CMS awarded the hospital five stars based on quality standards including safety and patient experience. St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City is one of the largest faith-based care hospitals in the region and earned the No. 2 spot in Missouri on U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of the nation's best hospitals in 2017-18.

St. Luke's Boise (Idaho) Medical Center. St. Luke's Boise Medical Center is the flagship hospital for St. Luke's Health System, which has more than 13,000 employees and 2,000 members on its medical staff. St. Luke's Boise Medical Center houses the system's children's hospital, heart hospital, tumor institute and center for minimally invasive surgery. St. Luke's Boise Medical Center is ranked No. 1 in Idaho by U.S. News & World Report, and IBM Watson Health ranked it a top 50 cardiovascular hospital.

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. The 1,010-bed Tampa General Hospital, a private, nonprofit academic medical center, is ranked as the best hospital in the Tampa area and the No. 2 hospital in Florida by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. The facility is known for its level 1 trauma center, its regional burn center and its transplant center, which is recognized as one of the busiest in the nation and has performed more than 9,500 adult organ transplants. TGH also operates a comprehensive stroke center, a level 4 neonatal intensive care unit and a 32-bed neuroscience ICU. The hospital was awarded the Consumer Choice Award by the National Research Corp. for 11 straight years — most recently in 2017 — and has received disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission in 12 medical specialties.

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (Madison, Wis.). University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, an academic medical center powerhouse, served 577,678 patients and performed 47,264 surgeries in fiscal year 2017. Across its seven hospitals and 87 outpatient clinics, UW Health employs 1,586 physicians and 14,988 other staff members. The health system reported $2.9 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2017 and provided $24.3 million worth of charity care. Honored with the UHC Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Award, UW Health is recognized as one of the top five academic health centers in the nation for ambulatory care. UW Health is nationally recognized for care excellence, ranking among the top 50 hospitals in the nation and No. 1 in the state of Wisconsin on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings.

UF Health Shands Hospital (Gainesville, Fla.). Since opening in 1958, UF Health Shands Hospital has grown into an 852-bed academic medical center that provides care across 100 specialty and subspecialty areas. UF Health Shands Hospital — comprising UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, UF Health Shands Children's Hospital, UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, a network of outpatient rehab centers and a home health agency — employs nearly 900 UF College of Medicine and community physicians and more than 9,000 skilled nursing and support staff. The academic medical center holds several designations for quality care, including its designation as a comprehensive stroke center by the Agency for Health Care Administration and a Blue Distinction Center+ designation for cardiac care. It is the flagship facility of UF Health.

UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside (Pittsburgh). UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, UPMC's flagship facility, operates on two campuses located approximately two miles apart: the Oakland campus and the Shadyside campus. The Oakland campus is home to UPMC Presbyterian, a renowned academic medical center that was founded in 1893. This academic medical center hosts the nation's third-largest medical residency program. The Shadyside campus is home to UPMC Shadyside, a 520-bed tertiary care hospital that was founded in 1866. This hospital employs nearly 1,000 primary care physicians and specialists. The entire flagship, known as UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, ranks No. 2 in Pennsylvania and No. 14 in the nation for care excellence, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings.

UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.). UR Medicine Strong Memorial Hospital is the flagship teaching hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Strong Memorial Hospital, established in 1926, started as a 250-bed teaching hospital and has since grown into a 739-bed academic powerhouse that includes the Golisano Children's Hospital and the URMC Ambulatory Surgery Center. Today, the hospital serves about 800 acute inpatients per year and has more than 39,000 annual admissions. Strong Memorial Hospital far outperforms national ratios for catheter-associated urinary tract infections, with a standardized infection ratio of .710 compared to .901 across the U.S. For the seventh consecutive year, Strong Memorial Hospital's neurology and neurosurgery specialty has been ranked among the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas). UT Southwestern Medical Center, which includes the 460-bed William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and the 152-bed Zale Lipshy University Hospital, is the only academic medical center in north Texas. UT Southwestern Medical Center employs nearly 2,800 physicians, researchers and support staff across 70 different specialties. These physicians take care of more than 2.2 million outpatients and 100,000 inpatients annually. In 2016, UT Southwestern Medical Center was recognized by Press Ganey among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide on quality measures. In 2017-18, UT Southwestern Medical Center earned the No. 2 spot in Texas on U.S. News & World Report's rankings.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Vanderbilt University Medical Center — a teaching hospital that had 1,162 residents in training in fiscal year 2016-17 — includes a 758-bed adult hospital and psychiatric hospital, as well as a 267-bed children's hospital. Between fiscal year 2016 and fiscal year 2017, VUMC's 20,235 employees oversaw 1.9 million ambulatory visits, and VUMC surgeons performed 57,421 surgical operations. During the same time period, VUMC was awarded $458.3 million from various entities to advance research. The teaching hospital, which has a 10 million-square-foot campus, holds the No. 1 spot for hospitals in Tennessee in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is an academic medical center that operates 1,004 beds and had 40,810 inpatient admissions, 8,883 observation patients and 1.17 million outpatient visits in 2017. The medical center includes the Davie Medical Center in Bermuda Run, N.C., and Mocksville, N.C.; the Wilkes Medical Center in Wilkesboro, N.C.; and the Lexington (N.C.) Medical Center. The academic medical center employs 14,271 workers, including 1,246 school of medicine faculty with expertise in more than 100 different specialties, 3,075 registered nurses, 728 residents and fellows, and 479 medical students. In fiscal year 2016, Wake Forest Medical Center was awarded $177.3 million in research funding through 722 grants from public and private organizations.

Woman's Hospital (Baton Rouge, La.). Woman's Hospital, which opened in 1968, is a nonprofit hospital that focuses on women's and infant health. The hospital has 168 hospital beds and 84 neonatal intensive care unit beds. As of 2018, the hospital reports employing 1,831 employees who worked together to complete 7,307 surgeries, deliver 8,638 babies and conduct 75,707 pap screens annually. Woman's Hospital was awarded for outstanding patient experience in 2016, receiving the 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award from Press Ganey.

Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital. Yale New Haven Hospital, the primary teaching hospital of New Haven-based Yale University and the community's safety-net hospital, performed more than $57 million worth of charity care in 2016. The teaching hospital cared for nearly 1.4 million outpatients and 79,490 inpatients in 2016. The hospital employs 12,700 employees, including 4,248 medical staff. In 2017, Yale New Haven Hospital won the 2017 Foster G. McGraw Prize for Excellence in Community Service for establishing programs that fostered access to healthcare, community engagement and job growth. U.S. News & World Report placed Yale New Haven Hospital as No. 1 in Connecticut in its 2017-18 rankings.

Sentara Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, housed on the Norfolk-based Eastern Virginia Medical Campus, is a 525-bed teaching hospital. It is part of Sentara Healthcare, which employs more than 28,000 employees. Sentara Norfolk Hospital gained worldwide fame when America's first in-vitro baby was born there in 1981. Sentara Norfolk is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-18 in two adult specialties: cardiology and heart surgery, and diabetes and endocrinology.

Texas Children's Hospital (Houston). Since breaking ground in 1951, Texas Children's Hospital has grown to more than 5 million square feet, encompassing a pediatric research center and a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology facility focused on high-risk births. In 1996, the teaching hospital founded Texas Children's Health Plan, which was the nation's first HMO for children. Today, Texas Children's Hospital ranks No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of best children's hospitals in the nation.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (Philadelphia). Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals' roots trace back to 1877, when Jefferson Health's teaching hospital was established. Today, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals spans five primary locations comprising 937 beds and 9,500 employees. The hospitals boasted 41,368 admissions in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals ranked No. 16 in the U.S. and No. 3 in Pennsylvania on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of best hospitals and earned a four-star quality rating from CMS in December 2017.

UAB Hospital (Birmingham, Ala.). UAB Hospital is a 1,157-bed hospital associated with UAB Medicine. The hospital boasts the only American College of Surgeons-designated level 1 adult trauma center in Alabama. In addition to its trauma center, UAB Hospital's emergency department includes 32 medical-surgical beds and nine urgent care area beds. The hospital earned the No. 1 spot in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of best hospitals in Alabama.

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora). UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, an academic medical center and nine-hospital system, boasts 500-plus beds and the region's only burn center designated by the American Burn Association. The hospital comprises roughly 2,100 physicians and 3,501-plus employees. The UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital ranked No. 15 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Colorado on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of best hospitals.

UCSD Medical Center (San Diego). Since being established in 1966, UCSD Medical Center has grown to include 490,000 gross square feet, 808 beds, a comprehensive stroke center, a level 1 trauma center and the region's only regional burn center. The academic medical center, which employs 1,500-plus physicians and scientists, serves as the primary clinical teaching site for UC San Diego School of Medicine. After CMS selected the health system as an ACO, UCSD Health announced in February it would participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). Each year, more than 1 million patients visit UCSF Medical Center's clinics and roughly 46,000 patients are admitted to its hospitals. UCSF Medical Center comprises 12,000-plus employees throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The health system's parent organization, UCSF Health, reported almost $4 million in operating revenue in fiscal year 2017, and in August, UCSF Health announced plans to collaborate with clinical faculty at San Francisco-based Dignity Health to share best practices and improve care in the Bay Area. UCSF Medical Center ranked No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 1 in California on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of best hospitals.

UnityPoint-St. Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Since laying its first cornerstone in 1884, St. Luke's Hospital has grown from a 15-bed facility to a 532-bed hospital. Today, St. Luke's Hospital serves a seven-county area around Cedar Rapids with 3,947 team members and participates in the UnityPoint Accountable Care Next Generation ACO model. In 2017, the hospital reported 17,853 admissions, 53,176 emergency room visits and 30,247 surgeries. St. Luke's Hospital ranked No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of best hospitals in Iowa.

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Founded in 1866, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is a 1,032-bed tertiary medical center comprising a children's hospital, women's hospital and cancer center, among other facilities. In 2017, Ethisphere named University Hospitals among the World's Most Ethical Companies for the fifth time since 2012, and U.S. News & World Report recognized UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital among the top 20 hospitals in the country for orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, and pulmonology. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ranked No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of best hospitals in Ohio. University Hospitals contributes around $8 billion to the regional economy and generates about 63,000 direct and indirect jobs systemwide.

University of California Davis Medical Center (Sacramento). A 627-bed teaching hospital, University of California Davis Medical Center employs 11,610 staff, along with 1,473 faculty and academic personnel. In its fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, University of California Davis Medical Center reported 34,564 admissions and 949,802 patient visits. UC Davis Medical Center's emergency room, which sees 210-plus patients per day on average, operates the only level 1 trauma center for adult and pediatric patients in inland Northern California.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics traces its roots back to 1873, when the University of Iowa began treating patients. Since then, it has grown into an 811-bed hospital that admits 36,000-plus patients each year and has 200-plus affiliated outpatient clinics. In its fiscal year 2017, the hospital employed 648 physicians. dentists, resident physicians, resident dentists and fellows. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics earned the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 list of best hospitals in Iowa.

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City). University of Kansas Hospital, part of University of Kansas Health System, was founded in 1906 and has operated as an independent hospital authority since 1998. The 910-bed hospital, which shares its campus with the University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Kansas Physicians, is home to the region's only level 1 trauma center. University of Kansas Hospital was ranked No. 1 in Kansas and ranked nationally in eight specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital (Lexington). University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is an academic medical center that is part of UK HealthCare. The hospital is home to eastern Kentucky's only level 1 trauma center, and it is one of two hospitals in the state to offer a transplant center and a level 4 neonatal intensive care unit. The 945-bed hospital, which opened in 1962, is on the campus of the University of Kentucky. University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital was ranked No. 1 in Kentucky and nationally ranked in four specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.

University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). Established in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary, University of Maryland Medical Center serves as the flagship hospital of the University of Maryland Medical System and provides healthcare services across two hospital campuses and several community locations. The 767-bed academic medical center includes comprehensive cancer and stroke centers and one of the nation's busiest transplant programs. University of Maryland Medical Center has received Magnet designation for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (Ann Arbor). University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers includes University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, and approximately 40 health centers and home care services. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers was ranked the No. 6 hospital in the U.S. and the No. 1 hospital in Michigan in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings. University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers is part of Michigan Medicine, which includes 1,000 licensed medical and surgical beds and has 26,000 employees. In March 2018, Michigan Medicine announced it would undertake an architectural planning study for a potential new inpatient facility in Ann Arbor.

University of Minnesota Medical Center (Minneapolis). University of Minnesota Medical Center is a nonprofit academic medical center that serves as the flagship location of University of Minnesota Health. University of Minnesota Medical Center, which comprises two hospitals and dozens of specialty clinics, was ranked the No. 4 hospital in Minnesota by U.S News & World Report for 2017-18. In 2018, University of Minnesota Medical Center was recognized by the Women's Choice Awards as one of America's best hospitals for bariatric surgery, cancer care and stroke care.

University of North Carolina Medical Center (Chapel Hill). University of North Carolina Medical Center, which includes UNC Hospitals and the clinics staffed with UNC faculty physicians, is an 803-bed facility that serves more than 37,000 people annually. The UNC Medical Center campus houses the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Medical Center the No. 3 hospital in North Carolina in its 2017-18 rankings.

University of Utah Health Care-Hospital and Clinics (Salt Lake City). University of Utah Health Care is the only academic healthcare system in the Mountain West, and it relies on more than 1,400 physicians and more than 5,000 healthcare professionals to staff its four hospitals. U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Utah Health Care the No. 1 hospital in Utah for 2017-18. University of Utah Health Care received the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award from Vizient for the eighth consecutive year in 2017. That same year, it was named one of Truven's top 15 major teaching hospitals in the U.S.

University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville). University of Virginia Medical Center, part of the University of Virginia Health System, includes 600 beds and nearly 900 full-time faculty members and is the academic healthcare center partner of the University of Virginia. University of Virginia Medical Center was ranked the No. 1 hospital in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18. The publication also ranked six specialties among the top 50 nationally: cancer; ear, nose and throat; orthopedics; urology; diabetes and endocrinology; and cardiology and heart surgery.

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle). University of Washington Medical Center opened in 1959, and it was one of the smallest teaching hospitals in the country at that time. Since then, the hospital, which is part of UW Medicine, has grown into one of the nation's leading academic medical centers. In 1994, UW Medical Center was the first hospital in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and it has received that award every four years since. U.S. News & World Report ranked UW Medical Center the No. 1 hospital in Washington for 2017-18. In February, UW Medicine partnered with Brentwood, Tenn.-based RCCH HealthCare Partners to operate hospitals in Alaska, Idaho and Washington.