Newsweek names Ann Arbor hospitals among the best in the world

ANN ARBOR, me. – On Wednesday, both the University of Michigan Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor were added to Newsweek’s list of World’s Top Hospitals in 2021.

Ann Arbor’s two hospital systems join 2,000 hospitals in over 25 countries that, according to Newsweek Global Editor-in, “have excellence including respected doctors, world-class care and cutting-edge technology,” chief Nancy Cooper.

In collaboration with the research company Statista Inc, data was used based on professional recommendations, patient surveys and medical performance indicators, as well as validation by an international panel of medical experts.

The University of Michigan Hospital was ranked 23rd among the top 200 hospitals in the world and was the only Michigan hospital to be shortlisted globally.

It ranked 8th in the United States, trailing Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Mount Sinai Hospital.


Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital has joined 2,000 hospitals from 25 countries on Newsweek’s list of World’s Top Hospitals for 2021. Photo credit: Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor also made the United States’ list at number 334 and its sister hospital in Chelsea at number 64.

“This recognition is the result of the combined efforts of all of our nurses, physicians, advanced practice providers, clinical support staff and administrators,” said Alonzo Lewis, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston, in a press release.

“It is humbling to work with this dedicated group of men and women to help ensure our community receives world-class care.”

In each of the 25 participating countries, each hospital received a percentage rating compared to others in its country. The University of Michigan Hospital received a score of 79.63% while St. Joe’s received 61.33%

Hospitals in the United States were also rated for their infection prevention measures. Both Ann Arbor hospital systems performed “above average” on the 2021 list.


For its ranking, Statista invited 74,000 medical professionals from around the world to share their recommendations for hospitals in their own country and in other countries between September and November 2020. Participants could not recommend their own hospitals and employers.

Aerial view of the Michigan Medicine campus in Ann Arbor. (Michigan Medicine)

Data from publicly available patient surveys as well as key performance indicators including hygiene measures, quality of care and number of patients per doctor / nurse were also taken into account.

Then each hospital received a weighted score. Half of this score consisted of national recommendations, 30% related to medical performance indicators, 15% came from patient surveys, and the last 5% came from international recommendations.

After the preliminary assessment was made, an international panel of medical experts weighed to validate each assessment, Newsweek said.


Find the top 200 hospitals here, or the best US hospitals here.

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