Several Northeast Ohio hospitals again ranked in a national look by U.S. News & World Report.

For the third year in a row, Cleveland Clinic was ranked the No. 2 hospital in the nation. The Cleveland-based health system also ranked first in Ohio in the annual list, released Tuesday by the news organization.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General ranked 11th in Ohio, while Summa Akron City Hospital tied for 18th in the state with MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The two Akron-based hospitals both fell slightly from their 2017 statewide rankings when Akron General ranked 10th and Summa ranked 15th.

In Stark County, Aultman Hospital in Canton ranked 13th statewide, down from 12th in 2017.

Also in the Cleveland area, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ranked second in the state.

Cleveland Clinic also ranked among the country’s top 50 hospitals for patients in 14 specialties, the same number as 2017, including No. 1 in cardiology/heart surgery and urology. Twelve of its 14 rankings were in the top five. It was the clinic’s 24th consecutive year to rank first for cardiology and second consecutive year for the urology department to get the top ranking in the country.

University Hospitals ranked among the nation’s 50 best hospitals in 10 specialties, which was three more than in 2017. Its highest ranking was 16th in ear, nose and throat.

In Summit County, the only hospital to make the national list in a specialty was Akron General, which ranked 47th in pulmonology, down from 31st in 2017.

In its 29th year, the U.S. News & World Report rankings compare more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

For the third consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic claimed the No. 1 spot on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll with the Cleveland Clinic at No. 2 and Johns Hopkins Hospital at No. 3.

According to U.S. News, the methodologies used in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. Prominent changes to this year’s rankings methodology included more emphasis on patient outcomes and patient experience measures.

For the full list, including a ranking of regional hospitals, go to https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings.

Medical writer Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or blinfisher@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her @blinfisherABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/BettyLinFisherABJ and see all her stories at www.ohio.com/betty.