For a long as I can remember - and that's a long time, 50 years or so - Houstonians have pointed with pride to the Texas Medical Center, not only as a major source of revenue, but as a the place to go for whatever disease you might have. People come to the Med Center hospitals from all over the world because of their reputation as being the go-to place to fix what ails you.
So, it was a bit of a surprise that this year's list of America's top hospitals only lists one Med Center facility in the top twenty, and that was Methodist way down at number nineteen.
Methodist did come in as number eight on the specialty list as a place to treat diabetes, but despite all the advances made there during the DeBakey years, they were listed as twenty-one for heart problems.
Baylor/St Lukes made at least one specialty list, and TIRR-Memorial Hermann was listed as number two among rehabilitation facilities.
The top hospital according to the US News and World Report was the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.