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Houston Hospitals Take Top Honors on Prestigious U.S. News & World Best Hospital Rankings

Published Jul 29, 2021 by Melissa Fox

Texas Medical Center

The COVID-19 pandemic brought multiple challenges to the health care industry. Hospitals and health care facilities across the Houston region showed that they were up to the challenge and continued to innovate and provide world-class medical care. 

This commitment to innovative research and quality clinical care were recognized earlier this month by U.S. News & World Report, as Houston’s hospitals moved up in the annual 2021-2022 Best Hospitals national rankings. 

Houston Methodist moved up four spots to number 16 on the nationwide list of Best Hospitals. This is the fifth time the hospital has made the honor roll since 2009. Last year, Houston Methodist ranked number 20. 

Houston Methodist took the number one spot for best hospitals in Texas. 

“This is a tremendous achievement for our physicians and employees who dedicate themselves every day to our patients – especially now as we celebrate this news during another surge in the pandemic. These national accolades are something to be proud of, but most important, our patients are benefiting from all of our hard work. Ultimately, they are the reason we need to be one of the best hospital systems in the country,” said Dr. Marc Boom, President and CEO of Houston Methodist in a press release

The U.S. News Best Hospitals list also included top rankings for specialties, including cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, psychiatry and oncology.  

Houston hospitals were high on the list of top cancer hospitals in the U.S. with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson taking top honors with the number one spot, Houston Methodist ranking number 23 and the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center coming in at number 25. 

The Menninger Clinic once again made the top 10 list of the nation’s top psychiatric care coming in at number 8, moving up one spot from last year. 

TIRR Memorial Hermann also ranked in the top 10 in a specialty list, moving into the number two spot among the top rehabilitation hospitals, and taking the number one spot for Texas. TIRR has ranked within the specialty rankings since the inaugural list in 1989. 

“The methodology for the rankings have evolved to include more aspects of quality in addition to reputation, which is extremely meaningful to our employees and affiliated physicians,” said Rhonda Abbott, Senior Vice President and CEO of TIRR Memorial Hermann in a press release. “With our ranking improving this year, it confirms our focus on patient outcomes and the quality of care that we strive for with all of our patients in need of rehabilitation. While the rankings sometimes fluctuate from year to year, they tell the story that we at TIRR Memorial Hermann are leaders in rehabilitation through our focus on research, education, clinical care and advocacy.”

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