The 30 Most Famous and Prestigious Hospitals in the World

Posted by admin on November 11, 2011

If looking for a master’s in healthcare administration or any degree, studying history is an important part. But when looking up the history of healthcare in the country or world, it can be a little short. However, there is far more to the industry than what exists today. Hospitals have been around for hundreds of years, and although the technology has vastly expanded, many of the original premises to them remain the same.

To give you a better idea, we have collected the 30 most famous and prestigious hospitals in the world. They include entries within our own borders to those across the sea and who have passed the test of time. So get ready to visit them all, at least in a virtual sense, in the below.

The Most Famous and Prestigious Hospitals in the United States

  1. Bellevue
    When George Washington was only four years old, this hospital was founded in 1736. Back then, it only had six beds and now has over 800 and is one of the nation’s most famous hospitals. It was also one of the first hospitals to receive victims from the 9/11 attacks.
  2. Cedars Sinai
    If the latest Hollywood celebrity was rushed to a hospital, chances are it is this one. A non-profit hospital, it is located in Los Angeles and is the hospital of choice for many famous people. Visit the site to get news, research information, and more.
  3. Massachusetts General Hospital
    They are the third oldest hospital in the United States. Still in operation today, they remain the largest hospital in New England. The hospital also emphasizes research and teaching.
  4. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
    This hospital is the most known when it comes to the care of the United States’ fighting men and women. They have a weekly newsletter that can be read online, as well as ways to support the troops. They even have special visitor services you can learn more about.
  5. New York – Presbyterian Hospital
    It may not be one of the most recognizable names in hospitals, but it is the second oldest in the United States. It was founded in 1771 by Royal Charter from King George III and was associated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Today it is also affiliated with Columbia and Cornell’s medical schools.
  6. The Academy and College of Philadelphia
    Now part of the University of Pennsylvania, it is the oldest medical school in the United States. It was founded in 1765 and students originally attended lectures on anatomy and “the theory and practice of physik.” This site even contains old charters and documents available for the viewing.
  7. The Pennsylvania Hospital
    This hospital is most famous for being founded by Ben Franklin, who began raising money for it in 1951. One of the oldest institutions in the land, it has history, architecture, and landscaping that has attracted visitors for years.
  8. John Hopkins
    They are and remain one of the first names in medical research and teaching. Based in Baltimore, they have locations in Washington, D.C., Italy, China, and Singapore. You can check out the latest discoveries and even podcasts on the website.
  9. Mayo Clinic
    They are a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education for people from all walks of life. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients who are joined by a philosophy of “the needs of the patient come first.” They also have loads of information for patients of every sort on the site.
  10. Cleveland Clinic
    Similar to the above, this is another many-sizes-fits-all hospital. It is also one of the oldest in the area and offers clinical and lab research. Robin Williams is also associated with the hospital.

The International Most Famous and Prestigious Hospitals in the World

  1. Hospital of St. Cross
    This famous hospital dates back centuries. It is by the River Itchen in the town of Winchester. Kept in its original state, the hospital is home to gardens, a church, and more.
  2. University of Edinburgh Medical School
    Sherlock Holmes may have been imaginary but the man who inspired him was quite real. Dr. Joseph Bell was a surgeon, and this was the hospital he practiced and taught in. It is still in operation today and also functions as a school of veterinary medicine.
  3. Bangkok Hospital
    Looking for plastic surgery on the cheap? Then you might have heard of this famous hospital. Located in Phuket, they see thousands of American patients every year.
  4. Bumrungrad International Hospital
    Similar to the above, this hospital is for those who want plastic surgery or other medical procedures at an affordable cost. Located in Bangkok, Thailand, they are also home to many American and English speaking patients. You can even learn more about their procedures on the homepage.
  5. The American Hospital of Paris
    Several American members of the Parisian community founded the hospital in 1906. Their goal was to provide expatriates with a medical facility and the U.S. Congress officially recognized it in 1913. It still stands today and serves many patients from across the globe.
  6. St. Mary’s
    For those living in the most populous areas of London, this is one of the best known hospitals. It is a teaching hospital which receives many of the city’s patients. It even won the best hospital award from the Good Hospital Guide.
  7. Groote Schuur Hospital
    Don’t know where the first human heart transplant took place? You do now. This hospital is located in Cape Town, South Africa and was founded in 1938.
  8. Klinik Hirslanden
    This is one of the most famous hospitals and clinics in Europe. Based in Switzerland, they focus on the well being of their patients. They have more on their doctors, patients, and visitors on the site.
  9. Hadassah Medical Organization
    From the very beginning, Hadassah’s progress has set the standard for medicine in Israel. It was begun with funds from the Rothschild family in 1918 and includes two university hospitals. They even have a special unit for women.
  10. Lambarene Hospital
    Located in Gabon, this hospital is famous for the research conducted there by Albert Schweitzer. This research led him to win the Nobel Prize in 1952. He would later die at that hospital in 1965 at the age of 90.

Other Famous and Prestigious Hospitals in the World

  1. Betty Ford Center
    This hospital is located in Rancho Mirage, California. Started by the former First Lady, it was one of the first facilities intended for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Still in operation, you can see how they are helping patients today with a visit.
  2. Passages
    The above might be the first, but this is one of the most cited hospitals when it comes to rehab. Often touted as a resort, it has seen many a celebrity come and go. You can read more about their philosophy and treatment plan with a visit.
  3. Pasadena Recovery Center
    If you are a viewer of one of the many “Celebrity Rehabs,” then you already know this famous hospital. Dr. Drew Pinsky is featured on the show and in the hospital. In addition to the usual information, you can also learn more about the staff and read their blog.
  4. La Hacienda
    Similar to the above, this is another famous rehab hospital that is promoted by a television doctor. Dr. Phil often recommends and sends his patients here. You can learn more about addiction, intervention, and other related resources with a visit.
  5. Shriner’s Hospital
    They are most famous for their little red hats and go-karts. However, this hospital works exclusively for children. There are locations both locally and internationally.
  6. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    This hospital is also famous for its pint-sized patients. Many celebrities have been featured in promotions for the hospital. The main site has spotlights, resources, and even a Patient of the Month.
  7. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Visit here to learn more about one of the most famous cancer hospitals in the world. It is one of the oldest hospitals dedicated to just that. They also have tons of research experience in the area.
  8. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Similar to the above, this is another cancer focused hospital. Located in Houston, they are part of the University of Texas. They also have a hospital for children and even an international center.
  9. Mount Sinai Medical Center
    Although it is a traditional hospital, this one stands out for its geriatric care. It was ranked first in the area by “U.S. News and World Report.” You can also look up other rankings on the site.
  10. Kaiser Permanente
    Although they have locations and healthcare facilities across the nation, it was the one in California that made headlines when the “Octo-mom” received her fertilization treatments here. The site has loads of tools for any patient, even if you’re not with them, and the latest news are also of interest for items such as strikes and the new health care law.

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