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World’s Best Hospitals 2023
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin placed seventh in the international Newsweek rankings, marking the fifth time in a row it has appeared in the top ten. That makes Berlin’s university medical center one of three hospitals in Europe to be among the top ten. American weekly magazine Newsweek and data portal Statista compared more than 2,000 hospitals worldwide. The annual ranking highlights a hospital’s international reputation and the network maintained by its staff and researchers.
“It isn’t just a given that you’ll place in the top ten worldwide. The fact that we were able to maintain that position in spite of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic is the result of impressive teamwork, and it shows that Berlin is internationally competitive as a center of health and science, with top-level achievements. I would especially like to thank the more than 22,000 people who work across the group of companies. They have shown that they can adjust quickly to new and existing challenges,” says Prof. Heyo K. Kroemer, CEO of Charité. He adds, “One crucial factor in this was keeping a shared goal in mind, setting priorities, and maintaining good communications with each other.”
More than 2,300 hospitals across 28 countries were evaluated for the World’s Best Hospitals 2023 rankings. The Mayo Clinic, in the U.S., ranks first in the world. In Europe, only Karolinska University Hospital (Sweden) ranks above Charité, in sixth place. The rankings have been published since 2019. They are based on medical recommendations, surveys of patient satisfaction, and key indicators of medical performance relating to treatment quality and hygiene measures. Particular attention was paid this time around to how well hospitals performed in providing top-level patient care and continuing to advance importance medical research despite difficult overall conditions. Votes for a person’s own institution were not permitted.
This year, the evaluation model was also expanded to include the implementation status of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs): standardized, validated questionnaires that patients fill out to measure their individual perceptions of functional well-being and quality of life.