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Houston's best hospital is . . . . New US News & World Report rankings see streak continue despite controversy

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Methodist Hospital, Houston, doctors
Good doctors pay off. The Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked the best in the Houston region in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings. Methodist Hospital System
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, skywalk, hospital
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center remains the top cancer hospital in the nation in the U.S. News rankings. AHABS.org
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The Menninger Clinic is the nation's No. 5 ranked psychiatric hospital, according to the U.S. News rankings. Photo courtesy of The Menninger Clinic
Methodist Hospital, Houston, doctors
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, skywalk, hospital
Great Gatsby" sanitarium The Menninger Clinic exterior

Many Houston hospitals are in a state of change, with new owners, new names and new controversies. But when it comes to the latest US News & World Report rankings of the best hospitals in Houston, the status quo remains. In the  2013-14 rankings, released Tuesday, most of the Houston-area hospitals remain in the same top positions as the previous year's rankings.

Although it has a new name, Houston Methodist Hospital remains the No. 1 ranked hospital in the Houston area, according to the list, which is based on the number of nationally ranked and high performing medical specialties. Houston Methodist is also ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the state.

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, which was recently sold to Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, remains at No. 2, followed by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (No. 3), Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (No. 4) and the Menninger Clinic and TIRR Memorial Hermann (both tied at No. 5).

Also on the list of top regional hospitals:

UTMB (at No. 11) and Woman's Hospital (tied at No. 13) are new to the most recent list while Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital dropped off.

For the seventh year running, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center remains the nation's No. 1 cancer hospital despite financial pressures and controversies over the state grant application process. M.D. Anderson also ranked No. 3 among the nation's hospitals for ear, nose and throat; and No. 6 in gynecology.

TIRR- Memorial Hermann remains in the No. 3 position on the list of the nation's best rehabilitation hospitals while The Menninger Clinic remains ranks No. 5 nationally among psychiatric hospitals. The Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and Houston Methodist also remain on the list of best hospitals in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery. The Texas Heart Institute ranks at No. 10 and Houston Methodist is No. 14.

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