The 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings for the nation's top hospitals are out, and M.D. Anderson retains its No. 1 position for the fifth year running as the country's most respected cancer hospital.
The magazine took data from nearly 5,000 hospitals to rank the 50 best hospitals in each of 16 adult specialties, using factors including death rates, patient safety and reputation.
But M.D. Anderson isn't the only hospital raking in praise — Methodist made the list for more specialties than any other Texas hospital, ranking among the nation's top 50 hospitals in 11 areas of specialized care.
Three Methodist branches ranked in the magazine's Best Metro Area Hospitals list (with Methodist Hospital at No. 1 for the Houston area), and Methodist ranked No. 19 for cardiology and heart surgery; No. 32 for diabetes and endocrinology; No. 22 for ear, nose and throat; No. 24 for gastroenterology; No. 23 for geriatrics; No. 33 for nephrology; No. 22 for neurology and neurosurgery; No. 14 for ophthalmology; No. 30 for orthopedics; No. 27 for pulmonology; and No. 23 for urology.
Both M.D. Anderson and Methodist are repeaters from the magazine's 2010-2011 rankings. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, TIRR Memorial Herman, Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, The Menninger Clinic and Texas Children's Hospital were also repeat honorees this year.
Texas Orthopedic Hospital joined those nationally ranked hospitals in this year's list, ranking No. 26 for orthopedics.
Twenty five of Houston's 99 metropolitan-area hospitals made the list of best regional hospitals. They are, ranked from highest to lowest : Methodist Hospital, St. Luke's, M.D. Anderson, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Menninger Clinic, Texas Orthopedic Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Memorial Hermann Northwest, San Jacinto Methodist, Tomball Regional Hospital, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center, Houston Northwest Medical Center, Mainland Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Memorial City, Park Plaza Hospital, University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Conroe Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann Katy, Memorial Hermann Northeast, Methodist Willowbrook, Spring Branch Medical Center, St. Luke's The Woodlands, West Houston Medical Center and the Woman's Hospital of Texas.
Three children's hospitals, Texas Children's, the Children's Cancer Hospital at M.D. Anderson and Children's Memorial Hermann, were also ranked among the top regional hospitals for kids.
No Houston hospital was included on the "Honor Roll," the magazine's annual list of top hospitals overall. This year's honor roll included 17 national hospitals, topped by Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Texas Children's Hospital did, however, make the magazine's Honor Roll for children's hospitals, ranking No. 4 out of the top 11 which received the honor.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are often debated in the medical world — and sometimes controversial — but they serve as the centerpiece of advertising for hospitals that make the list.