Best hospitals in America: Johns Hopkins ranked #2

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Out of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that serve the American public in the United States, Johns Hopkins is still among the best, according to U.S. News Best Hospital Rankings.

However, for the first time since 1990, it's not #1.

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore comes in 2nd on this years list, ending a 21-year run as the nation's top hospital in the survey. That spot is now occupied by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center round out the top 5.

The 17 hospitals that made this specific list - dubbed the Honor Roll - are the ones that score near the top of the rankings in at least six of the publication's other lists, which are categorized by specialty.

Johns Hopkins ranked #1 in the Geriatrics, Ear, Nose & Throat, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Rheumatology categories in the U.S. News rankings.

The full list is as follows:

1 - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
2 - Johns Hopkins Hospital - Baltimore
3 - Mayo Clinic - Rochester, Minn.
4 - Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland
5 - Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
6 - Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University, St. Louis
7 - New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York
8 - Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
9 - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
10 - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh
11 - NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
12- Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
13 - UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco
14 - Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
15 - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
16 - Indiana University Health, Indianapolis
17 - University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor, Mich.