"We will continue to invest in people, and space and technology", said Farrugia. "We have the best staff in the world".
But Farrugia also stressed the hospital is committed to being an important part of the Jacksonville community.
"The 50-point spread between our closest peer group that was (tightly grouped) at No. 2-4 was what really jumped out at me", Noseworthy said. KU hospital has made the list for seven years in a row.
Massachusetts General Hospital came in fourth on this year's list. That was down from eight last year and nine two years ago.
Luke's Medical Center at South 27th Street and West Oklahoma Avenue in Milwaukee. They are seventh in the state, down from fourth a year ago.
Michigan Medicine was followed in the state rankings by Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, which earned rankings in 9 adult specialty categories.
Allan Kirk, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, told The News & Observer at the time that Duke Regional is Duke University Health System's destination hospital for hip surgeries.
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital earned top-50 status in six out of 10 pediatric specialties, according to the 2017-2018 rankings.
For example, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in its most recent ratings, rated Rush University Medical Center more highly than Northwestern Memorial Hospital, awarding Rush four stars and Northwestern three.
UNC Hospitals ranked highly in ear, nose and throat (No. 14), but also scored well in nephrology (No. 20) and cancer (No. 24).
In June, the American Hospital Association sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma urging her to suspend its star rating program, saying it oversimplifies complex data and penalizes teaching hospitals and centers with higher volumes of poorer patients.
U.S. News again ranked Rush University Medical Center second in the state. The ranking does mark a drop from Northwestern's eighth-place ranking last year and its 11th place ranking the year before.
This is the 25th consecutive year U of M Health System has been nationally recognized for their performance.
Baptist and Baptist South, ranked fourth in the state past year, are now seventh. The hospital was also recognized as "high performing" in Pulmonology and Psychiatry. And just 152 were nationally ranked on at least one specialty. It has one high performing adult specialty, nephrology.