Some Americans are fortunate enough to live down the street from a world-class hospital. For them, where to go for highly skilled care is clear.
For most of us, though, finding a hospital that offers both top-notch care and local convenience has long been a challenge. Healthcare consumers have limited information about how the hospitals near them stack up. Ironically, their choice can be toughest where options are most plentiful—large metropolitan areas crowded with hospitals that offer varying degrees of expertise across a range of medical specialties.
In principle, going to a renowned medical center such as one of the nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals is a solid option. But that could be difficult if it requires travel, expensive if not covered by health insurance, and unnecessary except in the most challenging medical cases. No wonder most hospital patients stay close to home.
To take a bite out of their guesswork, U.S. News tapped its latest annual evaluation of the nation's nearly 5,000 hospitals and ranked the best ones in 94 U.S. metropolitan areas with 500,000 or more residents. Marking a major geographical expansion, this year's hospital rankings cover nearly twice as many cities as U.S. News covered in the past.
To find the best hospitals near you, begin by selecting the closest of the 94 metro areas with ranked hospitals. The top five hospitals (including fifth-place ties) in the five largest metro areas are listed below.
New York City
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
- NYU Langone Medical Center
- Mount Sinai Medical Center
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Hospital for Special Surgery
- Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- USC University Hospital
- University of California, Irvine Medical Center
- St. Vincent Medical Center
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital
- University of Chicago Medical Center
- Rush University Medical Center
- Loyola University Medical Center
- University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- Baylor University Medical Center
- Parkland Memorial Hospital
- Baylor Regional Medical Center
- Medical City Dallas Hospital (tie)
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital: Dallas (tie)
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital: Plano (tie)
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
- Temple University Hospital
- Hahnemann University Hospital (tie)
- Pennsylvania Hospital (tie)
The metro-area rankings take into account whether a hospital is among the best nationally in any medical specialty and also whether the hospital performs well in just one specialty, several, or many. (Read how the metro-area hospitals were ranked.)
If you need care in a particular specialty out of the 16 covered by the rankings, consider not only each hospital's overall rank in its metro area but also whether it is high-performing in that specialty. After all, a Best Hospital is only the right hospital if it excels in the kind of care you need.