BOSTON – Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), the founders of Partners HealthCare, rank among the nation’s top ten hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals for the seventh consecutive year.  MGH ranked second (2) in the nation and BWH ranked ninth (9).  This achievement makes Boston the only city in the United States with two hospitals ranked among the top ten on the Honor Roll. 

Another two Partners hospitals – McLean Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital were also recognized for national excellence.  McLean Hospital was ranked first (1) in the nation in psychiatry and Spaulding Rehabilitation was ranked sixth (6) for rehabilitation.  The rankings, now available online, will be published in the magazine's August issue as part of its 2013-2014 Best Hospitals guide.

U.S. News also ranked hospitals by region.  In addition to the national ranking listed above, MGH and BWH earned recognition as the #1 and #2 hospitals respectively in the Boston area.  In the regional rankings, Partners’ Newton-Wellesley Hospital and North Shore Medical Center also earned distinctions.

“There are 60,000 dedicated men and women who make our health care system excellent,” said Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. “Thanks to the talent of our teams, our academic medical centers, our community hospitals, our services in psychiatry and rehabilitation offer patients and their families throughout eastern Massachusetts access to coordinated care at every step along the health care continuum.”

Nationally, Partners scored extremely well in the individual specialties rankings. 

MGH was among the top ten hospitals in the country in fifteen specialties, including cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear nose & throat (in partnership with Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary), gastroenterology &GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology (kidney disease), neurology/neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, psychiatry, rehabilitation (in partnership with Spaulding) and rheumatology. 

BWH ranked among the top ten hospitals in the country in six categories, including cancer (in partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gynecology, nephrology and rheumatology.

U.S. News analyzed data on 4,806 medical centers to produce this year’s national rankings.  Only 147 hospitals were ranked in one or more specialties and, of those, just 18 earned Honor Roll status.

The U.S. News regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance.  North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) and Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) both earned regional recognition from U.S. News

NWH was recognized as high-performing in the area of diabetes & endocrinology, geriatrics, orthopedics, and urology.  NWH ranked #10 in the Boston area. 

NSMC was recognized as high-performing in geriatrics and pulmonology.  NSMC was ranked #12 in the Boston area.


Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.  In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, community health centers, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization.