World's Best Hospitals 2022 - Spain

World's Best Hospitals 2022

The world's hospitals have been the front line in medicine's constantly evolving war against COVID-19 for two years now. According to the experts who helped guide the results of our annual ranking of the World's Best Hospitals, that has meant learning to adapt to new and existing challenges quickly and improvising on the fly.

For instance, according to Dr. Gary S. Kaplan, former CEO of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and current senior vice president of CommonSpirit Health, "The pandemic has exacerbated a worldwide healthcare staffing shortage, especially in nursing."

David Bates, chief of general internal medicine and primary care at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital (No. 17 on Newsweek's Best Hospitals Global Leaders list) says, "We had to very rapidly convert beds to ICU beds, and close large sections of the hospital, then come up with staff to cover those beds. There were also great challenges with managing our supply chain for things like ventilators and personal protective equipment."

Dr. Christoph Meier, Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at University Hospital Zurich (No. 15 on our Global Leaders list) says, "Many lessons could be learned from COVID, such as recognizing the efficacy of virtual meetings, valuing the importance of hospital hygiene and emphasizing the importance of generalists over siloed specialization. The biggest challenge was the joint setting of individual priorities for a common goal."

Many medical institutions struggled with these and other challenges over the course of the pandemic but what has set the world's leading hospitals apart is their continued ability to deliver the highest-quality patient care and conduct critical medical research even as they focused on battling COVID. Indeed, as the fourth annual ranking of the World's Best Hospitals by Newsweek and Statista shows, consistency in excellence is the hallmark of these institutions, with familiar names dominating the list and top spots.

The hospitals that have fared best during the pandemic are those that have learned to work faster by communicating better and breaking down internal silos, according to Dr. Gregory Katz, professor of Innovation & Value in Health at the University of Paris School of Medicine: "A critical facilitator of velocity is broad participation from hospital teams. If there is one thing we take away from our fight against COVID-19, it's the value of preparation. For hospital leaders, it's all about choice, not chance."

Dr. Jens Deerberg-Wittram, CEO and president of Romed Kliniken, a German nonprofit health system, says much of that preparation comes down to being ready to pay for the nuts-and-bolts necessary to take of very sick people. "We learned over the pandemic," he says, "that those hospitals truly make a difference in a global crisis who are running expensive and resource-intense infrastructure like emergency departments, ICUs, ECMO [extracorporeal membrane oxygen machines] et cetera."

How do the leading hospitals maintain their top status in the midst of a global pandemic that has turned the medical world upside down? The ability and drive to continually innovate is key—and top talent is at the heart of that. As Bates says, "Premier hospitals remain strong largely by attracting the best people, those who are focused on developing new approaches to care and making care better."

Kaplan adds, "Top hospitals maintain their excellence by having clear and embraced missions and aspirational visions leading to constancy of purpose that is lived daily by all staff. This must be coupled with leadership constancy and consistency that creates alignment from the boardroom to the front line of care."

According to Deerberg-Wittram, "A certain intellectual mindset, an academic culture, a strong focus on patient outcomes and an inspiring environment for young talents are the ingredients for a premier hospital that lasts over decades."

This year's rankings represent an expanded universe, with three new countries on the list—Colombia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates—bringing the total to over 2,200 hospitals in 27 countries. And the results show a remarkable cross-section of excellence across the world: Twenty one countries are represented in the global top 150. The U.S. leads with 33 hospitals, followed by Germany with 14; Italy and France with 10 each; and South Korea with eight. Overall, there were 13 new hospitals in this year's top 100. Among the biggest movers from last year's rankings were No. 14 Universitätsspital Basel, up from 35 last year; No. 28 Northwestern Memorial Hospital (58 in 2021); No. 43 Seoul's Samsung Medical Center (73) and No. 59 New York's NYU Langone Hospitals (86).

The goal of this study is to provide the best data-based comparison of hospital reputation and performance across countries. We hope this will be useful not only to patients and families seeking the best care for themselves and loved ones, but also to hospitals as they benchmark themselves against their peers during a period of unprecedented change.

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RankHospitalScoreCityFootnote
1Hospital Universitario La Paz95.15%Madrid
2Hospital Clínic de Barcelona89.61%Barcelona
3Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre89.21%Madrid
4Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón87.68%Madrid
5Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron85.29%Barcelona
6Clinica Universidad de Navarra83.72%Pamplona/Iruña
7Hospital Ramón y Cajal82.76%Madrid
8Hospital Universitario y Politécnico la Fe78.41%Valencia
9Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz78.36%Madrid
10Hospital Clínico San Carlos78.30%Madrid
11Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío78.03%Sevilla
12Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau76.58%Barcelona
13Hospital Ruber Internacional75.41%Madrid
14Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla74.63%Santander
15Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro74.54%Majadahonda
16Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona74.02%Barcelona
17Hospital Quirónsalud Madrid73.46%Pozuelo de Alarcón
18Hospital Universitario Madrid Sanchinarro73.29%Madrid
19Centro Médico Teknon73.20%Barcelona
20Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge73.19%Barcelona
21Hospital Universitari Quirón Dexeus72.66%Barcelona
22Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía72.64%Córdoba
23Hospital Universitario la Zarzuela72.60%Madrid
24Complexo Hospitalario Universitario a Coruña72.53%Coruña, A
25Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valencia72.31%Valencia
26Hospital Universitario Dr. Peset Aleixandre72.09%Valencia
27Hospital Universitario Miguel Servet72.04%Zaragoza
28Hospital Universitario Virgen de Las Nieves71.94%Granada
29Hospital Universitario Virgen Macarena71.87%Sevilla
30Complejo Hospitalario Universitario Infanta Leonor71.36%Madrid
31Complejo Asistencial Universitario de Salamanca71.30%Salamanca
32Hospital Clínico Universitario de Valladolid71.14%Valladolid
33Hospital Universitario Central de Asturias71.09%Oviedo
34Hospital Universitario HM Montepríncipe70.96%Boadilla del Monte
35Hospital Quironsalud Málaga70.80%Málaga
36Hospital Universitario Moncloa70.66%Madrid
37Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor70.63%Barcelona
38Hospital General Universitario Reina Sofía70.48%Murcia
39Hospital Universitario Rio Hortega70.27%Valladolid
40Hospital 9 de Octubre70.25%Valencia
41Hospital General de Ciudad Real70.25%Ciudad Real
42Hospital Universitario de la Princesa70.24%Madrid
43Hospital Clínico Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca70.16%Murcia
44Hospital de Barcelona70.01%Barcelona
45Consorcio Hospital General Universitario de Valencia70.00%Valencia
46Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria69.97%Santa Cruz de Tenerife
47Hospital Universitario Regional de Málaga69.95%Málaga
48Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Santiago69.93%Santiago de Compostela
49Hospital Quironsalud Sagrado Corazón69.91%Sevilla
50Hospital Universitario de Cruces69.81%Barakaldo
51Hospital San Roque69.78%Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las
52Hospital Galdakao-Usansolo69.72%Galdakao
53Hospital Universitario Virgen de Valme69.68%Sevilla
54Hospital Universitari General de Catalunya69.66%Sant Cugat del Vallès
55Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Badajoz69.63%Badajoz
56Hospital Rey Juan Carlos69.62%Móstoles
57Hospital Universitario de Araba69.58%Vitoria-Gasteiz
58Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol de Badalona69.58%Badalona
59Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Albacete69.52%Albacete
60Hospital Universitario San Cecilio69.49%Granada
61Hospital Universitario Donostia69.31%Donostia/San Sebastián
62Hospital General Universitario de Alicante69.31%Alicante/Alacant
63Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria69.23%Málaga
64Hospital Universitario de Móstoles, Móstoles69.15%Móstoles
65Hospital HM de Madrid69.13%Madrid
66Hospital del Mar69.04%Barcelona
67Hospital de Basurto68.99%Bilbao
68Hospital Universitario Torrecárdenas68.80%Almería
69Hospital de Sant Joan Despí Moisès Broggi, Sant Joan Despí68.72%Sant Joan Despí
70Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón68.69%Alcorcón
71Hospital Costa del Sol68.68%Marbella
72Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín68.65%Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las
73Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo68.54%Vigo
74Hospital Ruber Juan Bravo 4968.48%Madrid
75Hospital Sant Rafael68.32%Barcelona
76Hospital General Universitario J.M. Morales Meseguer, Murcia68.31%Murcia
77Hospital General Universitario Santa Lucía68.22%Cartagena
78Hospital Universitario Juan Ramón Jiménez68.05%Huelva
79Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu67.86%Sant Boi de Llobregat
80Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Cáceres, Cáceres67.75%Cáceres
81Complejo Hospitalario San Millan San Pedro de la Rioja67.74%Logroño
82Hospital Universitario San Juan de Alicante67.68%Sant Joan d'Alacant
83Hospital Universitario de Getafe67.61%Getafe
84Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa67.56%Zaragoza
85Hospital Universitario Severo Ochoa, Leganés67.55%Leganés
86Hospital Universitario de Puerto Real67.53%Puerto Real
87Clínica Sagrada Família, Barcelona67.53%Barcelona
88Complejo Asistencial Universitario de León67.46%León
89Hospital Universitario de Jaén67.43%Jaén
90Hospital Central de la Defensa Gomez Ulla, Madrid67.24%Madrid
91Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu67.22%Manresa
92Hospital la Moraleja67.21%Madrid
93Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Ferrol67.08%Ferrol
94Hospital General Universitario de Castellón, Castellón de la Plana/Castelló de la Plana67.01%Castellón de la Plana/Castelló de la Plana
95Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr. Josep Trueta66.97%Girona
96Complejo Hospitalario del Área de Salud de Mérida66.95%Mérida
97Hospital Son Llatzer, Palma de Mallorca66.94%Palma de Mallorca
98Fundación Hospital de Jove, Gijón66.76%Gijón
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Global Board of Medical Experts:

The global board of medical experts was founded by Statista to support the World's Best Hospitals Project. The board is an independent body that is tasked with the continuous development of the quality and scope of the project. Current members of the board of experts are listed here.



Methodology

The World's Best Hospitals 2022 ranking lists the best hospitals in 27 countries: U.S.,- Germany, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Colombia.The countries were selected based on multiple comparability factors, such as standard of living/life expectancy,population size, number of hospitals and data availability. The lists are based on three data sources:
1. Over 80,0000 medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals) in 27 countries were invited to participate in the online survey. Participants were asked to recommend hospitals in their own country as well as in other countries. Recommendations for own employer/ hospital were not allowed.
2. Results from patient experience surveys. Publicly available data from existing patient surveys was used to analyze patient experience.Patient surveys are typically conducted by insurance companies among patients after hospitalization. Examples of survey topics include: general satisfaction with hospital, recommendation of hospital and satisfaction with medical care.
3. Medical key performance indicators (KPIs) on hospitals e.g., data on quality of treatment and hygiene measures.KPIs from a variety of public sources were collected for most countries. KPIs differ between the countries. Examples of included data are data on quality of care for specific treatments, data on hygiene measures and patient safety and data on number of patients per doctors and per nurse.

Scores were calculated for each hospital in each of the three categories and weighted: Peer recommendation (50% national, 5% international), patient experience (15%), medical KPIs (30%).

Every hospital in each country is rated by a score. Scores are only comparable between hospitals in the same country, because different sources for patient experience and medical KPIs were examined in each country. Since it was not possible to harmonize this data, cross-country comparisons of the scores are not possible (a score of 90 in country A doesn't necessarily mean that this hospital is better than a hospital with a score of 87 in country B).

The preliminary rankings were sent to an international network of medical journalists for plausibility checks. A global board of renowned medical experts validated the rankings.

The number of hospitals awarded in each country varies based on the number of hospitals and data availability in the respective country. The U.S. had the most hospitals awarded with 420, while Israel and Singapore were represented with 10 hospitals each. In total, more than 2,200 hospitals were ranked for this fourth edition of the ranking.

The online edition of this study includes a Global Top 250 list. The list includes a ranking of the 150 best global hospitals, ranks 151–250 are sorted alphabetically. The top 150 were determined by the number of international recommendations received and their national rank. Ranks 151 through 250 consist of the next best hospitals in each country. They are sorted alphabetically because the data is too heterogeneous between countries to allow for further cross-country comparison. The global list does not include specialized hospitals.

The rankings are comprised exclusively of hospitals that are eligible regarding the scope described in this article. A mention in the ranking is a positive recognition based on peer recommendations and publicly available data sources at the time. The ranking is the result of an elaborate process which, due to the interval of data-collection and analysis, is a reflection of the last calendar year. Furthermore, events preceding or following the period 01/01/2021–12/31/2021 and/or pertaining to individual persons affiliated/associated to the facilities were not included in the metrics. As such, the results of this ranking should not be used as the sole source of information for future deliberations. The information provided in this ranking should be considered in conjunction with other available information about hospitals or, if possible, accompanied by a visit to a facility. The quality of hospitals that are not included in the rankings is not disputed. The full rankings and methodology are available online.


Download the methodology overview here.
Download the extended methodology here.


Disclaimer:
The rankings are comprised exclusively of hospitals that are eligible regarding the scope described in this article. A mention in the ranking is a positive recognition based on peer recommendations and publicly available data sources at the time. The ranking is the result of an elaborate process which, due to the interval of data-collection and analysis, is a reflection of the last calendar year. Furthermore, events preceding or following the period 01/01/2021-31/12/2021 and/or pertaining to individual persons affiliated/associated to the facilities were not included in the metrics. As such, the results of this ranking should not be used as the sole source of information for future deliberations. The information provided in this ranking should be considered in conjunction with other available information about hospitals or, if possible, accompanied by a visit to a facility. The quality of hospitals that are not included in the rankings is not disputed.

Footnotes:
1 - No medical KPI was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on patient satisfaction data and recommendations from medical experts.
2 - No patient satisfaction data was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on results from medical KPIs and recommendations from medical experts.