Health & Science

Houston Hospitals Stand Out In National Hospital Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of American hospitals. Houston hospitals did quite well, appearing at the top or near the top of the list for many medical specialties.

This year, six Houston hospitals stood out in the rankings.

Texas Children’s was ranked the #4 children’s hospital in the country.

The Menninger Clinic was ranked #5 for psychiatry.

And MD Anderson held on to the number one spot for cancer.

It has been #1 cancer hospital for the past seven years, edging out rivals such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. 

“You know we’re very privileged, it’s a huge responsibility to take care of patients with difficult diseases.”

Dr. Randy Weber is chairman of MD Anderson’s Department of Head and Neck Surgery.

Cancers of the head and neck are rare but very complicated — and MD Anderson ranked particularly well for this clinical area.

Weber says patients may or may not pay attention to the magazine’s rankings, but it’s a nice morale boost for the 20,000 employees who work there.

“It is a very significant commitment both physically and emotionally to take care of this disease. It’s always gratifying when we’re successful and when we get some recognition for what we do.”

Also making the national top-ten lists were the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s, for cardiac care, and Memorial Hermann’s TIRR, for rehabilitation.

The Houston Methodist Hospital was named the best overall adult hospital in Texas, for its combined score in a number of medical specialties.