The hospitals on this list are well-known for a multitude of reasons, such as having a strong history of innovation, providing top-notch care to patients, leading clinical advancement with forward-thinking research or holding an irreplaceable spot in their communities.
The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for this list based on rankings and awards from numerous reputable sources, including U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and The Leapfrog Group, among other resources. The final result is a list of 100 hospitals considered overall healthcare leaders in their region, state or the nation.
Note: This list is not a ranking, nor is it an endorsement of included hospitals or associated health systems or providers. Organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list.
By the Numbers:
We broke down a few categories of information to highlight some unique aspects of the 100 hospitals mentioned on this list. Included were the bed size, teaching hospitals, age of the hospital, and whether it is physician- or woman-led. The numbers below highlight the percentage represented in the list of 100. Each profile also highlights which of these categories the hospital meets.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health (Minneapolis). Abbott Northwestern’s roots date back to 1882, when Northwestern Hospital opened in a rented house. Dr. Amos Abbott served as a consulting physician to Northwestern’s first medical staff, but 20 years later left to start a community hospital for women in his name, Abbott Hospital for Women. Abbott and Northwestern hospitals were merged into the Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in 1970. [READ MORE]
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has 288 beds, handled 10,997 admissions and hosted 4,926 inpatient and 13,342 outpatient surgeries in the last year reported. In fiscal year 2014, clinicians at Lurie Children’s cared for more children than any other pediatric hospital system in Illinois.[READ MORE]
Aspen (Colo.) Valley Hospital. Aspen Valley Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital and a Level III trauma center. It was founded in 1889 as Citizen’s Hospital Committee of Pitkin County to care for single, working men employed in dangerous occupations. [READ MORE]
Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital. Aspirus Wausau Hospital, a 325-bed facility, is staffed by 350 physicians in 35 specialties. Tens of thousands of patients visit the hospital each year, which serves patients in 14 counties across Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. [READ MORE]
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center (Milwaukee). As the only hospital in Wisconsin with a 24/7 on-site heart care team, Aurora St. Luke’s is known for its cardiac services. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized the hospital for performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 47 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery. [READ MORE]
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. U.S. News & World Report ranked Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, formerly Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, No. 2 in Arizona and No. 2 in the Phoenix metro area for 2015-16. [READ MORE]
Baptist Health Lexington (Ky.). Baptist Health Lexington is a 383-bed tertiary care facility, as well as a major medical research and education center. The hospital operates six outlying outpatient centers, including Kentucky locations in Georgetown, Nicholasville and Richmond. [READ MORE]
Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center was established in 1996 with the merger of Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. Both Barnes Hospital and Jewish Hospital brought their own rich history to the table. [READ MORE]
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Houston). Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, formerly St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, opened in 1954. Since then, the organization has grown to include 850 licensed beds and 4,463 employees, including 1,558 registered nurses. It handles approximately 25,000 patient admissions each year. [READ MORE]
Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak (Mich.) Campus. Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak stems back to 1955, when it opened as a 238-bed hospital. Years later, after growing into a three-hospital health system, Beaumont – Royal Oak is a 1,070-bed tertiary care, teaching, research and referral hospital. [READ MORE]
Billings (Mont.) Clinic. Billings Clinic is the No. 1 hospital in Montana, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s 2015-16 rankings, and the largest healthcare organization in the state. This physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice includes a 304-bed hospital, Level II trauma center and a 90-bed skilled nursing and assisted living facility. [READ MORE]
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital opened in downtown in 1882. Then named St. Francis Infirmary Charleston, it was the first Catholic hospital in South Carolina. This 204-bed hospital is now affiliated with Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System. [READ MORE]
Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston Children’s Hospital began as a 20-bed facility in Boston’s south end. The hospital is now a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric healthcare, which takes in approximately 25,000 inpatient admissions each year. [READ MORE]
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston). In 1980, three of Boston’s oldest and most esteemed Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals — Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Robert Breck Brigham Hospital and the Boston Hospital for Women — merged to form Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Later, in 1994, Brigham and Women’s united with Massachusetts General Hospital to form the nonprofit Partners HealthCare. [READ MORE]
Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Carolinas Medical Center was founded in 1940 as Charlotte Memorial Hospital. The hospital has undergone several expansions and grown into the 874-bed general medical and surgical facility it is today. [READ MORE]
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