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What are the most social media friendly hospitals?

A new ranking evaluating social media use by hospitals reflects a certain comfort level healthcare facilities have reached with social media channels. Indeed, they are beginning to expand beyond the confines of Facebook and YouTube to Google+ and Pinterest. The increased confidence is proportionate with the opportunity hospitals see to increase patient engagement, attract more […]

A new ranking evaluating social media use by hospitals reflects a certain comfort level healthcare facilities have reached with social media channels. Indeed, they are beginning to expand beyond the confines of Facebook and YouTube to Google+ and Pinterest. The increased confidence is proportionate with the opportunity hospitals see to increase patient engagement, attract more patients and generate wider good feeling as a more accessible institution both through mobile devices and the social media preferences of their customer base.

Hospitals in the report by MHA Degree.org were ranked based on the number of “likes,” followers, views, as well as the pictures and pins posted on Flickr and Pinterest respectively.

Mayo Clinic had the most followers on Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest. Cleveland Clinic came out on top on Facebook and LinkedIn. Christiana Care Health System in Delaware racked up the most Flickr photo posts. It isn’t just hospitals that are increasing their risk tolerance for social medial. In a healthcare marketing survey published earlier this year, 31 percent of respondents representing biopharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic companies said they had increased their social media budget allocation.

Here are the top 5 overall:

Mayo Clinic

1 Twitter: 567,998 followers, 11,392 tweets

1 YouTube: 9,506,625 views, 11,198 subscribers,1,055 videos

1 Google Plus: Circled by 22,309

1 Pinterest: 5,968 followers on Pinterest, 18 boards, 444 pins

2 LinkedIn: 28,367 followers

8 Flickr: 3,813 photos

22 Facebook: 446,278 likes, 20,281 talking about

Cleveland Clinic

1 Facebook: 508,031 likes, 35,304 talking about

1 LinkedIn:  36,842 followers, 2,829 group members

2 Twitter: 119,620 followers, 12,385 tweets

3 YouTube: 2,991,661 views, 4,404 subscribers, 1,050 videos

3 Pinterest: 8.0 2,700 followers on Pinterest, 20 boards, 423 pins

7 Google Plus: 11.5 Circled by 600, 918 Google +1?s

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

2 Facebook:  62,049 likes, 4,662 talking about

3 LinkedIn:  18,358 followers, 3,697 group members

4 Google Plus:  Circled by 920

4 Pinterest: 8.0 1,071 followers on Pinterest, 30 boards, 417 pins

6 YouTube: 2,186,984 views, 1,413 subscribers, 814 videos

13 Twitter: 19,700 followers, 3,750 tweets

30 Flickr: 115  photos

Mount Sinai Medical Center

2 Google Plus: Circled by 1,390

9 LinkedIn:  11,587 followers

10 Facebook: 8,832 likes, 862 talking about

11 Twitter: 6,717 followers, 4,916 tweets

17 Pinterest: 345 followers on Pinterest, 10 boards, 178 pins

27 Flickr: 187 Flickr photos

30 YouTube:  190,522 views, 475 subscribers, 357 videos

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers

5 YouTube: 2,306,121 views, 1,849 subscribers, 828 videos

8 Facebook: 13,891 likes, 1,265 talking about

13 Pinterest:  585 followers on Pinterest, 16 boards, 183 pins

15 Twitter:  13,716 followers, 3,578 tweets

16 Google Plus:  Circled by 339

30 LinkedIn: 7,343 followers