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America's Best Hospital Is...

Some hospitals are more expert than others in caring for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions. And people facing such health challenges need every bit of help they can get. That's why U.S. News & World Report has published annual rankings of the nation's Best Hospitals for the last quarter-century.

The 2014-15 rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. Hospitals with very high scores in at least six specialties earned a spot on the Honor Roll. Just 17 hospitals made this year's list.

For the first time, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, claimed the No. 1 Honor Roll spot, barely edging out Massachusetts General Hospital. Johns Hopkins Hospital, which in 2012 lost a 21-year first-place reign, was No. 3.

The 2014-15 Honor Roll:

17. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University
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Location:St. LouisHonor Roll Points: 9 Highest rankings:Pulmonology (#9), Nephrology (#11), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#11), Urology (#11), Ophthalmology (#12). Honor Roll rank last year:15 See all of this hospital's rankings.
16. Mount Sinai Hospital
http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/ny/mount-sinai-medical-center-6213140
Location:New YorkHonor Roll Points: 10 Highest rankings:Geriatrics (#2); Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#9); Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#10); Ear, Nose & Throat (#10). Honor Roll rank last year:Was not on Honor Roll. See all of this hospital's rankings.
15. NYU Langone Medical Center
Karsten Moran
Location:New YorkHonor Roll Points: 10 Highest rankings: Orthopedics (#4), Rheumatology (#6), Geriatrics (#8), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#8). Honor Roll rank last year: 14 See all of this hospital's rankings.
14. Duke University Hospital
http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/nc/duke-university-medical-center-6360355
Location:Durham, North CarolinaHonor Roll Points:11 Highest rankings:Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#4), Pulmonology (#5), Ophthalmology (#6). Honor Roll rank last year: 12 See all of this hospital’s rankings.
12. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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Location:PittsburghHonor Roll Points: 11 Highest rankings: Ear, Nose & Throat (#7); Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#7); Rheumatology (#9). Honor Roll rank last year: 10 See all of this hospital's rankings.
12. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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Location:Los AngelesHonor Roll Points:11 Highest rankings:Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#6), Orthopedics (#7), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#8). Honor Roll rank last year: 13 See all of this hospital's rankings.
11. University of Washington Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center
Location:SeattleHonor Roll Points: 12 Highest rankings: Rehabilitation (#4), Cancer (#6), Diabetes & Endocrinology (#10). Honor Roll rank last year: Was not on Honor Roll. See all of this hospital's rankings.
10. Northwestern Memorial Hospital
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Location:ChicagoHonor Roll Points:13 Highest rankings: Diabetes & Endocrinology (#8), Urology (#9), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#10). Honor Roll rank last year: 6 See all of this hospital’s rankings.
9. Brigham and Women's Hospital
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Location:BostonHonor Roll Points:15 Highest rankings: Gynecology (#2), Cancer (#4), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#5), Nephrology (#5), Rheumatology (#5). Honor Roll rank last year: 9 See all of this hospital's rankings.
8. UCSF Medical Center
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Location:San FranciscoHonor Roll Points: 17 Highest rankings: Nephrology (#4), Diabetes & Endocrinology (#5), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#5). Honor Roll rank last year: 7 (tie with New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell) See all of this hospital's rankings.
7. Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian
Penn Medicine
Location:PhiladelphiaHonor Roll Points: 19 Highest rankings:Ear, Nose & Throat (#3); Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#7); Pulmonology (#7). Honor Roll rank last year: 11 See all of this hospital’s rankings.
6. New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
Carlos Rene Perez
Location:New YorkHonor Roll Points:22 Highest rankings: Psychiatry (#2), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#2), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#3), Rheumatology (#3), Nephrology (#3). Honor Roll rank last year:7 (tie with UCSF Medical Center) See all of this hospital’s rankings.
5. UCLA Medical Center
Benny Chan
Location:Los AngelesHonor Roll Points: 23 Highest rankings:Geriatrics (#3), Urology (#4), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#5), Ophthalmology (#5). Honor Roll rank last year: 5 See all of this hospital's rankings.
4. Cleveland Clinic
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Location:ClevelandHonor Roll Points: 26 Highest rankings:Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#1), Urology (#1), Diabetes & Endocrinology (#2), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#2), Nephrology (#2), Rheumatology (#2). Honor Roll rank last year: 4 See all of this hospital’s rankings.
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital
Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Hospital
Location:BaltimoreHonor Roll Points:26 Highest rankings:Rheumatology (#1); Ear, Nose & Throat (#2); Neurology & Neurosurgery (#3), Urology (#3); Ophthalmology (#3); Psychiatry (#3). Honor Roll rank last year:1 See all of this hospital’s rankings.
2. Massachusetts General Hospital
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Location:BostonHonor Roll Points: 28 Highest rankings:Psychiatry (#1), Diabetes & Endocrinology (#3), Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#3). Honor Roll rank last year: 2 See all of this hospital’s rankings.
1. Mayo Clinic
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Location:Rochester, Minnesota Honor Roll Points:29 Highest rankings: Diabetes & Endocrinology (#1); Ear, Nose & Throat (#1); Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#1); Geriatrics (#1); Gynecology (#1); Nephrology (#1); Neurology & Neurosurgery (#1); Pulmonology (#1). Honor Roll rank last year: 3 See all of this hospital’s rankings.