Among the advantages of living in Los Angeles is having access to the UCLA Health System’s hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica. On July 16, UCLA Health System announced that their facilities have been named to U.S. News and World Report’s most exclusive rankings list: the Best Hospitals 2013–14 Honor Roll. UCLA was ranked No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in both California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. In addition, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center was ranked among the top 12 cancer centers in the nation.
Now in its 24th year, the annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel at treating the most challenging patients. This year’s Honor Roll features just 18 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 nationwide for their excellent breadth and depth of clinical excellence.
“We are grateful and honored to again be recognized for the outstanding work of our physicians and staff on behalf of the patients who seek care at UCLA,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System. “Our goal is to treat each patient who comes through our doors as if he or she were a member of our own family, with dignity and respect, in a compassionate and safe environment that delivers the highest-quality medical care available.”
The Best Hospitals Honor Roll highlights medical centers that rank at or near the top in at least six of the 16 medical specialty areas evaluated. In most specialties, U.S. News ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals in that area and also recognizes high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.
Nationally, UCLA ranked highly in 15 of the 16 specialty areas. In each of the following specialties, UCLA’s national rankings are indicated: cancer at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (11); cardiology and heart surgery (17); diabetes and endocrinology (13); ear, nose and throat (11); gastroenterology and GI surgery (8); geriatrics (3); gynecology (38); nephrology (8); neurology and neurosurgery (9); ophthalmology at
UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute (5); orthopaedics (19); psychiatry at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA (9); pulmonology (24); rheumatology (8); and urology (4).
“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News’ health rankings editor. “Just 147 hospitals, only about 3 percent of those in the U.S., earned a national ranking in even one specialty. Of those, only the few that ranked very highly in at least six specialties made the Honor Roll.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels, and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
“This honor confirms, once again, that the UCLA Health System is one of the premier health care providers in the nation,” said Dr. A. Eugene Washington, vice chancellor for health sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “We not only provide the most sophisticated state-of-the-art care but also rank among the very best academic medical centers in the nation on patient satisfaction scores. I commend and congratulate each member of our team for putting patients first and helping us earn this distinction.”
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metropolitan rankings. The rankings are now available at this link and will appear in print in the “U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014” guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.
The UCLA Health System has for more than half a century provided the best in health care and the latest in medical technology to the people of Los Angeles and the world. Comprising Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA; Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA; and the UCLA Medical Group, UCLA Health, with its wide-reaching system of primary care and specialty care offices throughout the region, is among the most comprehensive and advanced health care systems in the world.