U.S. News and World Report does an excellent job, but it's hard to compare hospitals when you can only see one hospital at a time. I've started preparing comparisons of San Diego hospitals.
My first page is the urology comparisons for San Diego. Three local hospitals had better-than-expected survival, and three had worse-than-expected survival.
U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-13
U.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only 148 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties. The Honor Roll features the 17 that scored near the top in at least six specialties.