The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville is ranked the top hospital in Florida In U.S. News & World Report’s annual evaluation of top hospitals, released online Tuesday.

Mayo in Jacksonville was also named among the top hospitals nationally in eight specialties: 29th in cancer; 29th in ear, nose and throat; 10th in gastroenterology; 29th in geriatrics; 35th in gynecology; 31st in neurology and neurosurgery; 30th in orthopedics; and 49th in pulmonology. Three other specialities, nephrology, urology and cardiology and heart surgery, were designated high performing.

A year ago Mayo in Jacksonville was named the number four hospital in Florida and was nationally ranked in four specialties: 40th in gastroenterology, 41st in geriatrics, 46th in neurology and neurosurgery and 48th in cancer. Six specialties, four of which are now nationally ranked, were designated high performing. Cardiology and heart surgery s new to the high performing list this year.

Gianrico Farrugia, who became CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville in January 2015, called the rankings “remarkably gratifying news for us,” adding that it is “great news for Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.”

He said Mayo has been investing heavily in “people, space and technology” as it continues to establish itself as a destination regional hospital. In March Farrugia announced that Mayo in Jacksonville would begin $100 million in major construction projects this year.

That includes a 150,000-square-foot “destination” building that will have four stories with the potential to add 11 more stories. That building will significantly increase the space available to hematology and oncology, and to neurology and neurosurgery.

This is the 27th year that U.S. News & World Report conducted a rankings list, which encompasses 16 medical specialties. U.S. News analyzes data for 5,000 medical centers to determine the rankings.

This story originally appeared on Florida Times-Union website.