One Tucson-area hospital made U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Hospital list released today.

The University of Arizona Medical Center, which has two local campuses, ranked No. 2 in the state in a tie with Banner Good Samaritan in Phoenix. The top-rated hospital was the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

The local medical center also earned a national ranking in geriatrics (No. 49) and was deemed “high performing” in 11 other specialties.

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For the first time, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, claimed the No. 1 spot on the Honor Roll, followed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center ranked number one in cancer and the Cleveland Clinic was first in cardiology & heart surgery.

In the 2014 rankings, only 144 U.S. hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties, magazine officials said.

Just 17 qualified for a spot on the Honor Roll, ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties.

Report authors from U.S. News say they made several changes to the Best Hospitals rankings methodology this year, including adding new data and placing greater emphasis on patient safety.

Patient safety metrics now account for 10 percent of each hospital’s overall score, in most specialties – twice as much as in past years. The role of hospital reputation, as determined through a national survey of medical specialists, diminished by 5 percentage points.

The research organization RTI International, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, conducted the physician survey and produced the Best Hospitals methodology and national rankings under contract with U.S. News.

The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook (ISBN 978-1-931469-64-7), which will be available in August.