URBANA — A new ranking of the nation's best hospitals has placed Carle Foundation Hospital 14th on the list in Illinois.
The 24th annual rankings done by U.S. News & World Report looked at nearly 5,000 medical centers in the country and 16 medical specialties, with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore ranked at the top of a national honor roll of 18 hospitals.
The only Illinois hospital to make the national honor roll was Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, ranked sixth.
Carle was ranked 14th overall out of 220 hospitals in Illinois and was ranked "high-performing" in 10 specialties: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; orthopedics; and pulmonology.
Many hospitals weren't ranked — among them the two Presence Health hospitals in Urbana and Danville. But information is still provided for unranked hospitals, such as their adult specialties and customer satisfaction ratings.
Other ranked hospitals in central Illinois included Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, 28th and high performing in three specialties, and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, 35th and high-performing in one specialty.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are updated each July.
Hospitals were ranked for their performance in four of the specialties based on physician surveys and for 12 of the specialties using data from Medicare and other sources.
Across the 16 specialties, 147 U.S. hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more specialty. Another 591 hospitals were considered regional high performers, the publication said.
The complete rankings are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.