Ten Best Health Facilities In the United States!

Ten Best Health Facilities In the United States!

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A trend for specialization has seen an increase in healthcare facilities all over the world. A healthcare facility can be anything from a simple medical clinic to a large multispecialty hospital. A good hospital is one that has specialized staff and equipment, the latest technology, research facilities, conducts clinical trials and strives towards improving patient care.

With the thousands of hospitals out there, deciding where to get treatment is a daunting task. However, hospital popularity among patients goes a long way in determining which hospital is good and what each hospital specializes in.

Consistency being the key; hospitals with consistent great performance are considered to be the best. Hospitals that belong to this cadre not only recruit the most qualified physicians and nursing care, but also strive to provide specialized services to patients.

There are several such health facilities in the United States that provide specialized services to their patients. Here we look at a few top hospitals that have good reviews from the patients as well as from various hospital surveys done. They top the charts of the healthcare providers.

1:- The Johns Hopkins Hospital


A teaching hospital situated in Baltimore, Maryland, The Johns Hopkins Hospital is considered to be one of the best hospitals in the world. It has been topping the charts at No. 1 in the U.S. News and World Report for 18 years consecutively.

Inception

This hospital was founded in the year 1889, in the name of Johns Hopkins, who was a banker and merchant in Baltimore. He left several million dollars and asked for this money to be used in the creation of two institutions under his name. Thus came into being, “The Johns Hopkins Hospital” and “The Johns Hopkins University.”

Johns Hopkins Hospital Institutions:

• The Brady Urological Institute
• The Wilmer Eye Institute
• The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
• The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Specialties

The hospital has been ranked high for the following specialties:

• Rheumatology
• Urology
• Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
• Neurology and Neurosurgery
• Psychiatry
• Gynecology
• Ophthalmology
• Geriatrics

The above specialties are ranked high; however, their services extend to several other branches, such as respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, endocrinology, oncology, heart and heart surgery, orthopedics, general pediatrics and kidney diseases. They have a rehabilitation section as well.

Johns Hopkins has several achievements to its credit

• Their discovery of “restriction enzymes” won the Nobel Prize and paved way to genetic engineering industry.
• They have the distinction of discovering the brain’s natural opiates, which led to an understanding of the neurotransmitter pathways and functions.
• This hospital has identified three different types of polio virus.
Modern heart surgery underwent a dramatic leap with the first “blue baby” operation conducted at this hospital.
• Awarded the prestigious Magnet Recognition status for excellence in nursing by the The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Melanoma Program

Johns Hopkins performs various kinds of surgeries, and the hospital’s melanoma program includes plastic surgery and reconstruction of complicated sites such as the external ear, nose and eye lid, is being successfully performed over the past two decades.

Recognition

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has earned the honor of being ranked No.1 in three specialties; Ear, nose and throat, rheumatology and urology; No.2 in geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, gynecology and obstetrics, psychiatry and ophthalmology; No.3 in cancer, endocrinology, digestive diseases, heart disease and heart surgery and respiratory disorders.

It is no mean feat to obtain high rankings in so many specialties, out of thousands of hospitals in the United States.

2:- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

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Compassion along with innovative cancer care, cancer research, research-based prevention of all types of cancers, both rare and common, aimed for both pediatric and adult cancer patients, makes M.D. Anderson Cancer Center one of the best cancer care centers in the world. Ranked as No.1 in cancer care, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is a system of hospitals and an academic institution in Houston, Texas.

Inception

It was established by the National Cancer Act in 1971, as part of three other cancer centers.

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center takes its name after Monroe Dunaway Anderson, who was a cotton trader and banker from Jackson, Tennessee. It is interesting to note the reason this cancer center was created. Anderson and Will Clayton were business partners and they decided that if one of them dies, they would have to pay a lot of money towards estate tax. In order to avoid paying this tax, the M.D. Anderson Foundation was created by Dunaway Anderson.

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is totally devoted to the treatment and prevention of cancer. They have the largest research program in the entire United States, with 11,000 patients taking part in their clinical trials at one point of time.

Support Programs

They have several support programs to help patients feel better and get over the emotional obstacles:

• Support groups for survivors, cancer patients and caregivers.
Travel nurse support and care;
• Individual one-on-one support for patients.
• Educational materials as well as classes for patients and caregivers.
• Online support through forums to help share experiences with other cancer patients.
• M.D. Anderson Chaplains are available at all times to provide spiritual support and guidance.
• Several patient stories to read, that talk of people who have survived cancer.

Recognition

• The Magnet Nursing recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Patient care at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is great and international patients are given every possible help to ensure a happy stay at the hospital.

The number of adults and children that take treatment from this cancer center every year is proof of its immense popularity, which is totally based on the invaluable treatment it provides.

3:- Mayo Clinic, Rochester

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Rochester based Mayo Clinic is a non-profit and one of the top healthcare facilities in Northern America, founded by Dr. William Worrall Mayo and his two sons, Charles Horace Mayo and William James Mayo. Dr. Worrall Mayo originally belongs to the United Kingdom, but emigrated to the United States in 1846 to become a doctor.

It has several clinics and hospitals in Arizona, Scottsdale, Jacksonville and Florida. The Rochester facility hosts the Mayo Medical School and their research department. It is also in partnership with smaller other clinics in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Specialties
Mayo Clinic provides treatment in several areas and is forefront in the following specialties, among several others:

• Neurology and Neurosurgery
• Cardiology
• Cancer
• Transplantation

Transplantation Program

The Mayo Clinic’s transplantation program is one of the best in the United States and offers the following:

Bone Marrow Transplant: The three types of transplants: allogenic, autologous and syngeneic are performed.

Heart Transplant: Heart, lung and heart-lung transplants, and also the use of ventricular assist devices for adults, children and infants are performed.

Kidney Transplant: This program is one of the most innovative and the largest in the United States, and more than 40 kidney transplants are performed each year. The outcome of the Mayo Clinic kidney transplant is also known to be one of the best in the world. This hospital focuses on living donor transplants and provides both positive crossmatch and ABO incompatible transplants.

Liver Transplant: Mayo Clinic is a leading healthcare center for patients with liver and bile duct tumors. They have performed more than 2000 transplants and with the highest survival rates. The programs include living donor liver transplant and split-liver transplant.

Lung Transplant: Lung transplant is offered at Jacksonville and Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Pancreas Transplant: More than 300 transplants have taken place at Rochester. They perform solitary pancreas transplants, combined kidney-pancreas transplant and Mayo Clinic has recently obtained FDA approval to perform the unique islet transplant at Rochester.

Recognition

Ranked as one of the best hospitals in America for the 19th consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. For the year 2008, it was ranked as the No.1 in the field of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

4:- Ronald Reagen UCLA Medical Center

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Located on the campus of the University of California in Los Angeles, the Ronald Reagen UCLA Medical Center is a technologically advanced hospital that ranked among the top hospitals on the West Coast. This center has several research centers that cover all the major specialties, including optometry and dentistry. It is designed in such a way that natural light is maximized to assist healing.

This teaching hospital’s emergency department has been certified as level I trauma center for pediatrics and adults.

The hospital encompasses:

• The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
• Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
• Mattel Children’s Hospital

Each hospital has a separate entrance that makes it very convenient for the patients.

It has been ranked high for the following specialties:

• Cancer
• Gynecology
• Neurology and Neurosurgery
• Orthopedics
• Urology

Interventional Surgery

The second floor of the hospital is completely dedicated to interventional procedures. Their surgical suite is the largest that has ever been built as of date. The latest audio-visual communication devices assist surgeons in accessing data locally as well as globally.

The cardiac suite will help adult patients with vascular and coronary artery diseases, with the latest angioplasties and plastic restorative surgical techniques. Children with congenital heart disease can undergo minimally invasive procedures. Therapy is said to be delivered most accurately and with minimum amount of risk with the help of magnetic catheter guidance devices in UCLA.

Recognition

• Nobel Prize for the discovery of one of the signaling molecules in the body, which is nitric oxide has been won by Louis Ignarro, a pharmacologist at UCLA. This was a very important discovery that revolutionalized the immunology and cardiopulmonary fields.

• Ranked No.1 for Neurology and Neurosurgery and No. 3 in the best hospital category in the western United States consecutively in a row by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Ronald Reagen UCLA Medical Center is known to provide a high level of care to its patients with advanced technology and is considered to be one of the nation’s best hospitals.

5:- Cleveland Clinic

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One of the largest private medical centers in the world, Cleveland Clinic is located in Cleveland, Ohio and was founded in 1921 by four physicians from Cleveland. Three of these physicians were surgeons who worked in the army medical unit during World War I.

This is a multispecialty education medical center, which focuses on patient care, research and medical education. Their medical education program is the third largest in the nation.

Research

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute has the distinction of being the fifth largest research center in the nation and their expenditure towards research is said to be more than $220 million.

Ranking

• Ranked in the four top hospitals in the United States in the year 2007.
• Ranked No. 1 in the United States for cardiac care, for 13 consecutive years.
• Ranked among the top two, for gastroenterology services and urology. Their Glickman urological Institute has the largest full-time faculty for urology in America.

Recognition

The Cleveland Clinic has several medical firsts to its credit. Some of them are:

• First coronary bypass surgery
• First coronary angiography
• First minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
• First larynx transplant that was successful
• First mitral valve repaid and also Maze procedure at the same time

Cleveland Clinic is in the process of constructing a state-of-the-art heart center for its heart program. Its expansion and technology advancement program is ongoing, to cater to the ever-growing patients.

6:- Massachusetts General Hospital

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Founded in 1811 with the intention to care for the poor, the Massachusetts General Hospital or MGH is a cancer treatment and research healthcare facility in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.

This hospital is one of the oldest general hospitals in the United States as well as being the oldest and largest in New England. More than 45000 patients are admitted, over 34000 surgeries are performed and over 1 million outpatients are treated each year.

Specialties at MGH

MGH has many specialties, some of them are:

• Psychiatry
• Cancer
• Endocrinology
• Neurology & Neurosurgery
• Respiratory Disorders
• Orthopedics
• Gastrointestinal Disorders
• Geriatric Care
• Heart & Heart Surgery

MGH has more than 20 specialty branches which cater to specialized patient care of both adults and children.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are a continuous process and they test several types of treatments, new vaccines, new drugs and new surgical and radiation approaches, new combinations of treatments etc.

There is a lot going on in new fields of gene therapy, angiogenesis and clinical genetics as well. These trials focus on all types of cancer that the hospital has ever seen. While previously, these clinical trials were used by some cancer patients as a last resort, things are very different today with patients even seeking treatment in the early stages through these trials.

Recognition

MGH was given the award of being the first Magnet hospital in the state, by the American Nurses Association. This award is the highest for excellence in nursing.

7:- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

The largest hospital of Longwood Medical and Academic area in Boston and the second largest teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is an educational hospital.

This research hospital, along with Massachusetts General Hospital, is one of the two founders of Partners HealthCare, which is the largest healthcare provider in Massachusetts.

The hospital’s top specialties among many are:

• Obstetrics & Gynecology
• Cancer
• Cardiovascular
• Neurosciences
• Orthopedics

• Renal and several others

Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s centers of excellence include:

• Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
• Shapiro Cardiovascular Center
• The Neurosciences Institute
• The Orthopedic and Arthritis Center
• The Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health

This hospital has several achievements to its credit:

• The first administration of anesthesia during childbirth.
• The first successful heart valve surgery in the world performed on a 12-year-old girl.
• Discovery that liver extracts can cure pernicious anemia, which was a fatal illness at that time. The doctors received a Nobel Prize for this.
• Steroid cortisone administered for the first time to cure rheumatoid arthritis.
• Doctors found a way to collect, store and transfuse blood and developed the world’s first blood bank.
• The first successful human kidney transplant, taken from a twin brother, which won them a Nobel Prize.
• Restoration of normal rhythm of the heart in atrial fibrillation done for the first time using DC cardioversion.
• The world’s first intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system for neurosurgery.

Recognition

• BWH stands eighth in the ranking brought out by the U.S. News & World Report, for America’s best hospitals. It has the distinction of earning a place on this prestigious list for 16 consecutive years.
• The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) has awarded the recognition of “top performer” for quality as well as accountability, for three years in a row.
• Named by Leapfrog Group as the best hospital.
• Won the National Healthcare Award.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s ongoing efforts for patient care are admirable. This hospital is in complete compliance with all standards set by the Joint Commission.

8:- Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami

Recognized all over the world as the best eye institute, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, which serves as the ophthalmology department for the University of Miami is a leader in ophthalmic care, research and ophthalmic education. Their care encompasses every aspect of ophthalmic subspecialty possible, including the very rare eye tumors.

Bascom Palmer was founded in 1962 and has come a long way in offering revolutionary ophthalmic treatments. Each and every physician at the hospital specializes in at least one area of care and more than half of their faculty members have gone into the medical referral book named, “Best Doctors in America.”

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been in the forefront of many new happenings in the field of ophthalmology:

• The first successful vitreous surgery as well as invention of a miniature surgical instrument used for this surgery.
• Identification of the herpes virus as the cause of Acute Retinal Necrosis.
• Introduction of limbal cell transplantation therapy which can prevent corneal scarring, that is potentially blinding.
• Development of an effective treatment for retinopathy of prematurity afflicting premature infants, which is a blinding condition.

Bascom Palmer’s research areas include:

• Phyto-dynamic therapy for treating age-related macular degeneration (wet form) is being currently tested.
• Molecular genetics advanced techniques, to help improve the diagnosis of macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.
• Research in finding out more about normal tension glaucoma, where damage of the optic nerve occurs even with the intraocular pressure being normal.
• Trying to understand cytomegalovirus retinitis, the common cause of blindness in patients with AIDS.
• New treatments being researched for retinal detachments, which is the major side effect of diabetes.
• Researching on non-toxic treatment for ocular cancer. This treatment includes local hyperthermia, which has the potential to kill cancer cells without causing any damage to the retina.

Recognition

• Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is rated as one of the best ophthalmic hospitals in the nation by board-certified ophthalmologists across the United States.
• It has been ranked as the No. 1 eye hospital in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report.
• The Ophthalmology Times’ survey rated Bascom Palmer’s residency program as the best in the nation.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute continues with its tradition of excellence with the commitment of treasuring the gift of sight. It has earned recognition as an outstanding patient care, research and teaching facility.

9:- Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)

The Hospital for Special Surgery founded in 1863 by Dr. James Knight, is located in the city of New York and is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the nation. This specialty hospital, which is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, provides orthopedics and rheumatology and is famous for its musculoskeletal medicine services. They have huge research facilities that focus on autoimmune and musculoskeletal diseases.

HSS is considered to be the best in the United States for joint replacement.

This 140-bed hospital has the following specialized centers:

• Osteoporosis Prevention Center
• Women’s Sports Medicine Center
• Institute for Cartilage Repair
• The Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Diseases

Procedures performed at HSS:

The orthopedic surgeons at HSS have subspecialty training and focus on various areas. While the spine surgery surgeons focus on congenital or acute spinal disorders and chronic back pain, the sports medicine surgeons focus on athletic injuries of the musculoskeletal system. They specialize in shoulder, elbow and knee injuries. Limb lengthening procedures are also performed at HSS.

Clinical Trials

HSS focuses its research on various aspects of diagnosis and treatment. Their clinical trials focus on lupus and arthritis currently. The research at the hospital aims at addressing problems such as injury, arthritis, scoliosis, osteoporosis, lupus and autoimmune diseases, as well as all related musculoskeletal diseases that affect adults and children.

Recognition

• Ranked No.1 in orthopedics and No.3 for rheumatology nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
• Hospital for Special Surgery been hailed as being innovative in the field of knee replacement. It has pioneered this and has perfected the procedure to help speed up recovery time, thus reducing the hospital stay for patients.

HSS has performed the largest number of knee replacements in the United States and successfully.

10:- National Jewish Health

National Jewish Health is considered to be the best hospitals for the treatment of respiratory, allergic and immune disorders. It is located in Denver, Colorado and has the distinction of being the best medical treatment and research centers in the world.

Founded in 1899 by two people, Frances Wisebart Jacobs and William Sterne Friedman, with the objective of treating tuberculosis, because of lack of TB hospitals in those days. They collected money for land and building and the hospital was completed in 1893 and since a Jewish organization raised the funds annually for its operations, it was named National Jewish Health. Later as it grew, it introduced other specialties.

National Jewish Health treats several disorders, some of their specialties include:

• Allergies
• Asthma
• Eczema (Atomic Dermatitis)
• Autoimmune Diseases
• Emphysema
• COPD
• Interstitial lung disease
• Sleep disorder
• Tuberculosis and several others

Clinical Research

National Jewish Health is a leader in clinical research and treatment. There have been several new and improved treatments discovered for respiratory disorders. This hospital has been instrumental in bringing to people, drugs such as Advair, Claritin and Xolair.

Recognition

• Ranked No.1 respiratory hospital in the nation for eleven consecutive years by the U.S. News & World Report.
• Rated as one of the world’s top ten biomedical research centers.
• The Scientist magazine gave credit to this hospital and named it the second best place in the United States for “postdocs” to work.

National Jewish Health aims to be in the forefront of a new era of medicine. Their priority is patient care and their commitment to perform research and treat diseases will benefit patients the world over.

Healthcare industry has advanced in leaps and bounds over the years. These hospitals that list top on the charts are proof of the effort they put into being in the forefront of this advancement and improving the quality of patient care, by finding new techniques and drugs to treat patients.

65 COMMENTS

  1. Nice post – indeed these are all really great hospitals. Personally, my favorite hospital nationwide is Mass General, as I lived in Boston between 1988-1991 and got treated there once after I got a light case of food poisoning. I was well cared for and treated. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Where is whats promised, which is a website that tells about death rates of hospitals. This is advertisement for the top ten hospitals. Good for them. I will probably never go to any one of these. I want to know how my local hospitals rate on this list.

  3. I think that The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center needs to be on the list of the top 10 best hospitals in the US. They have the best doctors that I have ever seen along with the nursing staff they are fantastic as well they do all types of different care there and the best I have seen. They do all types of transplants like the small bowel, pancreas, liver, stomach, duedonum, kidneys, and lung. My husband is a patient there because he had a small bowel, pancreas, stomach, and duedonum all transplanted in January and his doctor there is Dr. Kareem Abu-Elmagad who is very caring and loving to all his patients is the BEST!!!!! God Bless the transplant team that worked on my husband and God Bless all those who took GREAT care of him while he was in the hospital.

  4. I really liked the informations. It makes me realized that taking care of our health is very important and hoping to be able to work in any of the mentioned hospitals someday so I can help other people value their life too.

  5. Interesting. It seems only the well known names get on these biased list. How about

    Louisville’s Jewish Hospital
    NKC in Louisville
    Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis
    St. Joseph’s of Atlanta
    Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati
    Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta
    Frazier Rehab in Louisville
    Shepard Spinal Care in Atlanta

    There are lots of places one can go for great medical care; you need to do some additional investigating so as to not shortchange other very worthy institutions.

  6. I underwent surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston several months ago. Amazing facility and personnel. Top notch. Great Surgeons, nurses. If it wasn’t for MD Anderson, I would not be alive today.

  7. Although in very general terms I agree with what you have written, unless one is speaking about an emergency situation, I think I would first go according to the doctor involved and his experience and only second consider the hospital itself.

  8. @ Eric – This was certainly not meant to be an advertisement for any hospital as we are in no way connected to any of them. The idea was to provide useful information to our readers, about the hospitals that ranked high for certain specialties. Who knows, we may some day bring you the hospitals with high death rates too. Our aim is to provide our readers what they wish to read.

    • Looks like some great hospitals here. Check out the hospitals we have on Oklahomahospitaldirectory.com they are not just Oklahoma. Type in a state and see some other great hospitals. Open the URL search bar and see links to jobs,donate, Volunteer, Specialties and much more.We are pretty much not for profit.

  9. @ Sarah – Out of more than 5000 hospitals that have been screened, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is among the top 20 of the best hospitals in the US, which makes it one of the best. You do not see it in this list only because we decided to show 10 hospitals here.

  10. @ Alice Darr – Agreed there are several other good healthcare facilities like the ones you mentioned and there are more than 150 hospitals that have ranked well for their services in some way or the other. We certainly do not claim that they are limited to the ten we have written about. However, since we have written about ten good hospitals that gained recognition for providing specialized care, we could not include all.

  11. Kuddos to you who have taken the time to identify and give credit to those among the Best Hospitals…..

    If possible, it would be most beneficial if (THE WORST) could be listed, if only in order to make others “clean up their act”…..since Emergency Rooms(if and when needed) give most people a keen INTRO as to the TYPE OF SERVICES to expect from becoming a PATIENT….AND which hospital to steer clear of ….!!

    Choices well chosen !! Thanks.
    S.

  12. I took a family member to Johns Hopkins this week, and I have to say they are excellent at moving people through a very complex process that involved several different tests, some that are not available in other area hospitals, and examinations by several different experts. They went above and beyond in making sure we knew precisely where to go, where to wait at each step, waiting time was always much shorter than expected, and they also provided other services that we did not expect. I would definitely trust them with my care.

  13. Review of 10 best health facilities of united states…

    a review of the top 10 health care providers of united states, based on reviews and feedback of patients and various surveys done to find out which health care providers in the US are good…

  14. The data used for ranking of the the surveys should definitely be included.

    I’d be most interested in:

    1) infection rates

    2) diagnosis made while under the hospital’s care (inpatient treatment or
    outpatient encounters).

    3) lifespans, post-surgery, or after chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
    (This should be obtainable from various longitudinal studies, etc.)

    4) JCAHO accreditation results.

  15. @ Sylvia – Thanks for the words of appreciation. We’ll see if we can get you details of the “worst” too at some point.

  16. @ Joe – We appreciate your question. We bring you the results of surveys to make you aware of the good medical facilities. However, we are not authorized to advice you on the medical facility to use. Your physician could help you with that.

  17. This is a great article that provides tons of good information. I would like to share my experiences with Mayo Clinic.
    I am going to write about my experiences with Mayo Clinic, it may be a little long, but, I feel, this note has some good first hand information about their system and people.
    Over 15 years ago I started having extreme neck and shoulder pain. When the pain got so bad, I began to try to see what was going on with me medically. After having seeking help from 14 different neurologist and neuro-surgeons, over a tri-state area, some would say they were not sure, most told me and my family that I was making the pain up just to get drugs, I thought I would loss my mind. A friend, who had just returned from Mayo in MN, and was pleased beyond words, encouraged me to try to go to Mayo.
    I went to Mayo in MN, they found I have a disease, that grows tumors and I had a tumor on my brachial plexus(in my neck and upper back area) the size of a Nerf football. The next day I had an 11 hours surgery at St.Mary’s hospital, with the Mayo Neuro-Surgeons performed the surgery. This was a very high risk surgery, the staff at the hospital stayed with my husband and disabled Mother for hours, getting updates to tell them every 15-30 minutes. When they gave the report that they had the tumor out and were sending it to Pathology, my family was beside themselves, again this lady gave them emotional support. They were told that the Pathologist would come and talk to them about what they had found out about the tumor. At that time the hospital lady took them to a special place in the hospital to be able to be in a more secluded area, so they could talk with the doctor. Within 45 minutes the Pathologist was in the room talking with them, explaining what they did and even had a cross section cut piece of the tumor, to show them and explain things, and, of course they had tested it for cancer. The report was joyous, no cancer, the doctors, nurses, and support staff were some of the nicest and most professional people I have ever met.
    Mayo uses a couple of hospitals in Rochester and all of the nurses in these hospital have to have at least an R.N. Degree. This shows that they strive to have to most educated nurses and staff they can get.
    Medical cost was a big worry for me. After I got well enough to travel, we headed to the deep South to our home. A week later, I started getting my medical bills. To my joy and surprise, the prices for everything listed was much less, Mayo’s charges were sizably less expensive, on everything!(doctors fees, tests, hospital stays, etc.) Every doctor that I went to close to home, charged me thousands of dollars more, than what Mayo Clinic did.(And they were not even close to a correct diagnosis I could not believe that a world class medical facility fees and charges were considerably less than our local doctors and hospital! I did do a 1 to 1 comparison from one doctor I saw here in the south, put me in the hospital, did a MRI, ran numerous blood work, some other scans, etching compared the Mayo bill for the same test and the same length of stay in MN hospital. Mayo fees were less than half the cost! what is even more crazy is that none of those doctors figured out what was wrong with me! I paid for useless information!
    Since this surgery, I have had to have several others surgeries and procedures do to my disease. I have gone to Mayo for all the surgeries and treatments. However, I have gone to Jacksonville, Florida for a couple of these procedures. Jacksonville, Florida has a good system and great doctors as well. My favorite between the two campus’s is the Clinic in MN. Cold there, but care givers have very warm hearts!
    If you feel you are ill and no doctor is helping you, please seek help from the top Doc’s on this list or at Mayo Clinic, you will not regret it and probably save you money as well! Take care and God Bless All!!

    • I, too, am from the deep south. One of the top 3 poorest States with lousy medical care. I am only 49, but have been told to say my good byes as there is nothing more to do but increase my oxycontin. By the way…I don’t even have a diagnosis. When I spoke to Mayo, they took down a lot of information, and said that “if” the physicians who looked over my appointment application aggreed to allow me to schedule an appointment, it could be well over a year before I could get in. All because I am “undiagnosed”.
      Can anyone offer me some advise? This will be a mixture of: orthopeodic, neurological, genetic, lack of wound healing which keeps me in the hospital, mediates due to a type of fatigue which keeps me in bed approx 20 hours per day. My weekly bath and hair washing which my husband does for me will exhaust me to such an extent that I will sleep without waking for 50 hours. (my husband says he wakes me to take meds and sips of water, but I do not recall this). I have listed @40% of symptoms. What kind of hospital (or mental institution) should I be looking for, and how can I get in as a patient and not a human donor (as I have volunteered to do after my passing).?

      • I am 50 years old have have suffered from bouts of fatigue since childhood. I have knee pain, muscle pain, sometimes depression, stomach pain. My gums bleed and I bruise easily. For years I had an embarrassing rash that itched and burned. In early childhood, I went through a period of time when I stopped gaining weight. I am very intelligent but I have episodes of brain fog, which contributed to my having to quit college. Do any of these sound familiar to you, other than the fatigue.

        I am planning on getting myself and my daughter tested for celiac disease, an autoimmune disease affecting the small intestine. My daughter has experienced the same problems. Johns Hopkins is studying autoimmune diseases. They can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can seem separate from each other, and can also be associated with other illnesses.

        Good luck to you.

    • Im sorry I regret going to Mayo clinic in mn. They couldn’t diagnose me. I went through a lot of tests and they wanted me to stay 2 more months. They diagnosed all kinds of things that were not correct. Missed things that im still dealing with.

  18. Myo clinic is the best, they have advance neurosurgical tech. & the best training program in the world for neurosurgery……….

  19. I need to find out who would be the best doctor in the midwest for lower back pain surgeries. I am assuming the best neurosurgeon. I really need some help after 3 back surgeries, on failed fusion with nerve damage and pain regulation with stimulator device. This is my new year’s resolution-to help my son grow up instead of having him take care of me.

    • BARNES-JEWISH HOSPITAL ST. LOUIS!!!!!! HANDS DOWN, NO QUESTION!!! Dr. Keith Bridwell, Dr. Buchowski…they’re the ONLY PEOPLE ON THE PLANET THAT ID TRUST TO CLEAN UP SOMEONE ELSE’S MESS!!!!!!

      Becca

    • For what surgery? Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis has an EXCELLENT neuro-medicine & neuro-surgery dept. the physicians, nurses & techs are second to none.

  20. My Wife had total knee replacement on April 6th, 2010. The knee was successful but the nerve has gone to sleep and she is not able to walk without a walker. She has fallen backward 5 or 6 times when she was using the walker.

    We have had some nerve test run here in North Alabama and had a Myelogram on April 19th, 2010 but had not heard from the test.

    I am interested in where I can get excellent care with her being able to walk again without a walker.

    Do you have a list of excellent places we can go to get great care?

    Thanks, Bill King

    wcking111@gmail.com

  21. Bascom, HSS and National Jewish are all tops in their areas, but I would think others would make the list because they impact more people – Children’s Philadelphia; Memorial Sloan Kettering; New York Presbyterian even Rehab Institute of Chicago.

  22. Hi my name is Claudia and I am a girl of only 26 years old and suffer from hepatitis B virus D nice please can you tell me what hospital I could choose to heal me. Thank you and please help me

    • Hi claudia if you believe in GOD with your heart you are healed. The bible says with my stripes you are healed,Trust GOD he will be with you allways. read psalms 46:1-3 it will BLESS you, are any scripture in psalms. MAY THE LORD KEEP YOU.

    • Clodette,
      Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. It is why I live here. they have specialist in heptology, and they are very good. It is why I am still alive.

  23. I live in rural Alaska, the doctors up here are not very good and I need help. It seems I may have Chorea/Dystonia. The episodes are very disturbing and last a long time. I need a good diagnosis. Will you direct me where I can go for a good diagnosis.

    907-822-4180
    iceworm48@hotmail.com
    Thank you, Tara Barno

  24. we have seen several ped depts at johns hopkins, have never been admitted, there, but have to several other dc area hospital. we have never chosen to go to JH for admission due to the doctors being cold and seemingly uncaring. I know their performance matters above all, but it is hard when you are dealing with a child and they are so abupt. there is an arrogance that i can’t get passed. we have seen eye, neuro, uro and gastro. We have also had problems with billing, saying that things are aurthorized and then getting a bill for them. Twice it was never even submitted to insurance company.

  25. my dad has had 4 or 5 strokes in within 6 years and me and my family are trying to find the best neurlogist in the united states we live in ohio and in my opinion there not the best here…my dad does not have any permanent paralysis from these strokes but he keeps on having them, and no one can give us a straight foward anwser and we want him to get the best treatment that he needs and deserves!!

    • Hi Jessica..I am from NS,Canada and too have been having multiple strokes with no proper diagnosis here..I was looking at coming to the US for diagnosis and treatment and was wondering if you found out where might be a good place to start or particular doctor I should see?..Thank You..

      Rodney

  26. dear sir

    i shall be thankful if you could please mail me back the name of the eye hospital/clinc, province in USA where MACULAR DEGENERATION IS CURED BY LASER TREATMENT OR BY SURGERY.

    MY GIRLFRIEND FROM INDIA IS SUFFERING FROM THE ABOVE PROBLEM SINCE PAST 8 MONTHS AND ALL THE EYE DOCTORS IN INDIA CONFIRMED THIS CAN BE TREATED ONLY IN USA AND THERE IS A PERFECT CURE

    PL REPL Y BACK AND REGARDING USA DOLLARS I CAN ASSURE U THAT MYGIRL FRIEND HAS ENOUGH WEALTH TO PAY ANY AMOUNT OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO GET THIS MACULAR DEGENERATION IS CURED

    REPLY BACK TO THE ABOVE MAIL ID

    REGARDS
    G SUNDER RAJAN
    EAST AFRICA TANZANIA
    +255 789 007 694

      • Hi Becca,
        I read your post from last year. Have you been treated at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis? My daughter has serious nerve pain and I’ve found a doctor from St. Louis who is a nerve specialist from St. Louis. It’s so difficult to find someone that we can trust being that her past surgeries haven’t helped her with the pain she is experiencing. Please respond if you have any information to share with me. Thanks so much, Mary

        • Yes Mary, as have MANY MANY friends & family! Who is the doc you’ve found, have you made contact & where do you live? Perhaps you could provide me your contact details & I could / might be of more help??? BJH is absolutely FABULOTASTIC~PHENOMINAL Hope to hear more from you & help more soon!!!! :o)

          Hugs,

          Becca Xx

  27. I had a serious ear issue and went to the Bascom Palmer Insitute at the University of Miami. Their expertise, compassion, and follow-ups were terrific. Hard to express my gratitude. What a great place.

  28. I had severe allergice reaction to H1N1 vaccine in 2009. I was not treated immediately by the doctors in er at local hospital and now have neurological problems as well as my immune system continually. being attacked. There have been others also that had reactions and doctors at some of the top hospitals simply have no explanation when nothing shows in their testing. I went to john Hopkins 9 months after vaccination hoping for a blessing and the knowledge that doctors there would be able to research and provide my family and I with treatment. I had tests done and spent 45 minutes with neuroimmunologist. I was given steroids and told nice story by doctor. I have lost my life because i have never received proper treatment. I had burning in brain after vaccine, lost my speech, couldn’t count 3 pennies, uncontrollable shaking, sat catonic in chair, etc., I now suffer on daily basis with severe joint problems, muscle pain, loss of vision and pain in right eye, snapping and twitching in body, slurred speech, etc. I am baffled at the response I have received from doctors especially one whom asked me if I was trying to get disability. I was a healthy mom of 4, teacher, and very active. John Hopkins not a good hospital to go to if have problem that is out of the norm. No RESEARCH .

  29. The hospitals of the ELITE (Senators, Representatives, ex-Presidents, moviestars), while the common people use self-diagnosis and the local witch to help them.

  30. I have lupus,reoccuring kidney infections, cyst on kidney & mass on lung & rash on face i need a good doctor,i live in louisiana thanks,Marrissa

    • Was reading your comment on ten best health facilities, did you
      ever receive any info regarding your dystonia. I have done a lot
      research as my son has dystonia.

  31. My daughter has had several surgeries due to damaged nerve in her foot. If anyone has gone to any good doctors to be treated and experienced positive results, could you please post. My heart aches for her to see her suffering from this pain.

    • Susan Mackinnon, md or Terence Myckatyn, md at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Washington University in St.Louis!!!!!! You wouldn’t believe the miracles they’re able to perform!!!!

      • Have lower lumbar nerve problems. Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and sciatica. All the
        S nerve problems one can have. Need to get neurosurgeon to do most up-to-date procedures.
        Does Barnes-Jewish in Stl Louis have a specialist there? It is going to be a complicated deal.
        Thanks!

  32. Thank you for the information. For a second I thought I would see Hackensack Hospital in NJ in the mix, but you are talking about clinics. Thank you for the information Hasan. :)

  33. This is a great list! I’ll put in a plug for Mayo Clinic in Rochester. I did an internship there last summer, and they are an amazing place to work or get care. They really do believe in putting the needs of the patient first.

  34. I lost my kidney 22 years ago to cancer I went to Brigham and women in Boston mass. i was cancer free for 10 years then it came back again I had eight or nine surgeries to remove It just kept growing and growing in different locations which they still there.
    Dana-Farber was absolutely great the place is wonderful all great people like all cancer facilities but they have saved my life I I am now stage for I’ve been stage four for 12 years!!! Thank you Dana-Farber!!!!!
    I am on Afinitor It has stop the spread of my cancer in my lung my kidney pancreas gallbladder stomach and in my butt among other places. God bless Dana-Farber and all my clinical teamwork On the 11th floor especially you Tony!!!!!

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