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Brigham and Women’s Hospital has achieved its highest-ever ranking on the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals, advancing three spots to number six.

This is BWH’s 23rd consecutive year on the Honor Roll; it has ranked ninth for the last three years. The Honor Roll highlights just 15 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 nationwide for their outstanding range of clinical excellence.

In addition, nine BWH specialties (of the 13 in which the hospital is ranked) have moved up on the list this year: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders, ENT, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatric Care, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonary and Urology. Four other specialties—Cancer, Gynecology, Nephrology and Rheumatology—held strong in their impressive spots from last year.

“Our continued prominence on the Honor Roll of Best Hospitals is possible because of our employees’ deep commitment to carrying out our precious mission,” said BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD.

Across Partners, BWH’s sister institutions were also recognized with top honors, including Massachusetts General Hospital, which ranked first on the Honor Roll, moving up one spot from last year. McLean Hospital ranked fourth in Psychiatry, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital placed sixth in the nation for Rehabilitation.

Each year, U.S. News performs a comprehensive, nationwide evaluation of hospitals in 16 adult specialties, ranking the country’s top 50 hospitals and recognizing other high-performing hospitals that provide exceptional care.

“While we celebrate this news together, let us keep in mind that what makes BWH a world-class institution cannot be found within the criteria for one award or by simply analyzing our clinical data,” added Nabel. “Rather, we are defined by the exquisite and compassionate care we provide to our patients, the rigorous scientific research and pioneering innovation we conduct to accelerate treatments and cures, our steadfast and enduring pledge to advance the health of our local and global community, and our unwavering dedication to training the next generation of health care professionals and leaders.”

As a way to celebrate, all are invited to visit the 75 Francis St. lobby, where a congratulatory message is displayed on the wall outside of the Emergency Department for use as a photo background for six weeks. Feel free to stop by and take a “selfie” or group photo and share it on social media using #BWHproud, or send it to for inclusion in a photo gallery and the hospital’s social media vehicles.