The healthcare industry is rapidly evolving with technological advancements and researches constantly redefining its limits. Hospitals, which are at the forefront of this industry must adapt quickly to these changes in order to stay relevant and provide comprehensive medical services.
Here at RankRed, we regularly cover recent advancements in the field of medicine and related technology and now we have compiled a list of best hospitals in the world as part of that commitment.
The hospitals in this list range from a healthcare center that employs half of the Nobel Laureates in medicine of that country to a U.S based non-profit hospital with an unrivaled research facility. These hospitals are surely shaping the future of medicine and healthcare.
12. Sheba Medical Center
Established In: 1948
Location: Ramat Gan, Israel
Sheba Medical Center, also known as Tel HaShomer, became the first military hospital established in independent Israel in 1948. It was changed to a civilian hospital in 1953. Today, the hospital is comprised of multiple specialty hospitals/clinics and handles over one million patients annually.
The Sheba Medical Center has conducted multiple advanced medical investigations in the past including a study indicating that an alginate-based biomaterial could stop further heart-cell deterioration in heart attack victims.
11. Bumrungrad International Hospital
Bumrungrad International Hospital Campus
Established In: 1980
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Bumrungrad International, or simply Bumrungrad is a privately owned hospital situated in Bangkok, Thailand. The hospital has a reputation of being one of the most sought after medical tourism destination in the world. It has representative/referral offices in nearly 20 different nations.
Although Bumrungrad International has about 38 specialty centers (basically every major medical specialty), the hospital is relatively small when compared to others in this list.
In 2002, Bumrungrad General became the first ever Asian hospital to be recognized by the Joint Commission International (JCI), a U.S based non-profit organization that provides healthcare accreditation services internationally.
10. West China Hospital
West China School of Medicine
Established In: 1914
Location: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
West China Hospital is one of the four affiliated hospitals under the West China Medical Center of Sichuan University and currently the second largest hospital in China. It has consistently ranked one of the top four medical institutions in the country for the last five years or so.
The hospital has about 25 advanced laboratories, 44 clinical departments and employs as much as 6100 medical workforces including professors and other teaching staffs. It also offers more than 30 different study programs.
The hospital excels at advanced areas such as cardiac intervention, living donor liver transplantation, nuclear medicine and treatment of severe pancreatitis, etc.
9. University Hospital Heidelberg
Heidelberg Children’s Hospital | Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
Established In: 1388
Location: Bergheim, Germany
The University Hospital of Heidelberg is the third largest healthcare center in Germany. The entire university hospital is composed of more than a dozen specialty clinics and research institutes spread over a large area.
The hospital has one of the world’s best oncology department, which is fueled by relentless innovation. The University Hospital of Heidelberg is among the very few medical institutions in the world that treats cancer patients with heavy ion therapy or HIT. HIT is thought to be more effective in treating some cancers than the typical photon beam radiation therapy.
German Nobel Laureates, Bert Sakmann (1997) and Harald zur Hausen (2008) have served this hospital in the past.
One of the four Charité campuses (Virchow Klinikum) in Berlin | Image Courtesy: A. Savin
Established In: 1710
Location: Berlin, Germany
Germany’s Charité is perhaps the largest university clinic in Europe, catering more than seven thousand students and 13 thousand academic/administrative staffs (that includes many German Nobel Laureates as well).
The hospital is solely focused on medical research and teaching, in fact, Charité is considered as one of the most research-intensive medical establishment in the country. It is closely linked with Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin).
7. Michigan Medicine University Hospitals
Established In: 1869
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Ann Arbor situated Michigan Medicine is made up of U-M medical school, multiple research laboratories, and various university hospitals. The principal university hospital facility began its operation in 1986 and is known for its high-volume surgical capability. It houses pathology labs, diagnostic, rehabilitation and as well as other additional facilities.
According to the U.S News and World Report of best hospitals in the United States in 2018, University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine ranks the second best in Gynecology, fifth best in Pulmonology (lungs related) and Urology in the country.
6. Singapore General Hospital
The entrance of the Singapore General Hospital
Established In: 1821
Singapore’s healthcare system is perhaps one of the most successful in the world and Singapore General Hospital is definitely its crowned jewel. The hospital is known for providing affordable healthcare without compromising on the quality of the service.
Singapore General Hospital (SGH) was relocated and rebuilt more than one time throughout its history. The current complex was built in 1981, which now includes a medical institute and advanced research labs.
In the late 1990s, as part of major reform in the medical sector, the Hospital was placed under the management of Singapore Health Services or SingHealth, a government-owned organization.
In 2001, the hospital surgeons successfully separated conjoined twins (cranial/brain) following a straight 97 hours surgery. The following year, significant advancement was made at SGH regarding the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in Asians.
5. Toronto General Hospital
Toronto General Hospital
Established In: 1812
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto General Hospital (TGH) is one of the most respected medical research and teaching institutions in Canada which serves the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. The hospital began its operation in 1812 as a small military hospital for the British Army and was initially named the York General Hospital.
Today, TGH is the largest organ transplant center in North America and also has a widely celebrated cardiology department. The world’s first ever double lung transplant was done in this very hospital in 1986. Coincidentally, the first ever single lung transplant was also performed here. In 2015, TGH surgeons successfully transplanted multiple organs (liver, lungs, and pancreas) in a teenager named Reid Wylie.
Whether it’s development and the first use of insulin in 1922, Heparin in 1935, or external pacemaker in 1950, the TGH has always been in forefront of medical innovation.
4. Massachusetts General Hospital
Barack Obama at the Massachusetts General Hospital on 18 April 2013 | Image Courtesy: Pete Souza/White House
Established In: 1811
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), also known as Mass General, is the fourth oldest hospital in the United States. It is also the largest (and oldest) teaching hospital under the Harvard Medical School.
In 2014, according to its official reports, the Mass General had an annual research budget of about $900 million. The report also mentioned that the hospital administers the largest hospital-based medical research program in the United States.
It was at the MGH, where one of the earliest ever recorded use of anesthesia was done by surgeon Henry Jacob Bigelow on October 1846. Then in 1962, a team of MGH surgeons replanted a completely severed limb for the first time in history.
As much as 13 former Nobel Laureates have either trained or worked at Massachusetts General Hospital at some point of time in their career.
3. Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center | Image Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic
Established In: 1921
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
The Cleveland Clinic is owned and managed by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, an Ohio based nonprofit organization that manages about a dozen other hospitals in the United States and one in Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic is perhaps one of the largest and most reputed medical institutions in the world.
In the U.S. News & World Report of 2018-19, the Cleveland Clinic was ranked as the second-best hospital (overall) in the United States, only behind the Mayo Clinic. Furthermore, it was ranked #1 in the country for heart surgery and treating cardiac diseases. Cleveland Clinic has maintained this position for the better part of the 21st century.
In the early 1970s, Cleveland Clinic carried a large scale modernization program during which new research buildings and wards were built. The hospital, as of 2018, employs about 52,000 workers including nurses, scientists, and physicians.
2. Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Medicine campus in Brooklandville, Maryland | Image Courtesy: James G. Howes
Established In: 1889
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
The century-old Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) is considered as one of the most important medical institutions in modern America. Many medical norms and practices such as house staff and residency have originated from this very hospital. It shares a campus with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, which was established in 1893.
In 1966, the Hopkins Gender Identity Clinic conducted the first ever male-to-female sex reassignment surgery in the United States. Apart from conducting biomedical researches, the hospital also provides some of the world’s most advanced health care options to its patients.
1. Mayo Clinic
Established In: 1864
Location: Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Based in Rochester, Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic basically defines the term ‘comprehensive medical care’, which it has been providing to its patients for the last 150 years. Apart from the flagship facility in Rochester, the Mayo Clinic has now campuses in U.S states of Florida and Arizona.
The entire Mayo Clinic health care system employs close to 60 thousand administrative staffs and serves more than 1.3 million people a year. What sets the organization apart from other popular hospitals is its unrivaled research arm, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.
Cortisone, a steroid hormone, which is used to treat various inflammatory and autoimmune diseases was discovered by two Mayo Clinic physicians for which they received the Nobel Prize in 1950.