Hospital safety is something none of us wants to think about until we are faced with a situation where we need medical help. Instead of being faced with the decision to choose a hospital in the midst of crisis, find out which of your local hospitals is the safest and the highest-ranked. Did you know that nationwide, as many as 400,000 lives are lost annually due to hospital error? According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 25 hospital patients will contract a new infection during their stay.

In order to find out which hospitals earn higher marks in terms of safety, a watchdog group called the Leapfrog Group began to compile hospital data. Since 2012, Leapfrog has collected and analyzed data in order to issue hospital scores in California and nationwide. The number of A-rated hospitals in state of California rose to 43 percent at the tail end of 2016, which is the seventh-highest rate among states nationwide.

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The Leapfrog Group has highlighted top performers like Kaiser Permanente, which regularly has some of the highest scores and shows minimal variation in scores across the 35 hospitals in the system. US News and World Report also ranked the healthcare giant as the eighth-best in the state. Other hospital systems receiving top marks from Leapfrog include Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach and Inglewood’s Centinela Hospital Medical Center.

Here is a look at the hospitals noted as the best specifically in the Los Angeles area by US News and World Reports 2017 hospital rankings.

1. UCLA Medical Center

US News ranked UCLA Medical Center as the best hospital in the Los Angeles area. The hospital is nationally ranked in 15 adult specialties and 10 pediatric specialties including cancer, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, pediatric cancer care, pediatric neurology, pediatric nephrology and several others.

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2. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Ranked second in LA by US News, Cedars-Sinai received nation recognition in 11 adult specialties, including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, ENT, neurology, pulmonology and several others.

3. Keck Medical Center of USC

Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California earned US New ranking of 3rd top hospital in LA. The medical center is nationally ranked in 7 adult specialties, including cancer care, cardiology, urology, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics and ophthalmology.

4. Huntington Memorial Hospital

Earning the fourth spot of best LA hospital is Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. The hospital is also nationally ranked in 3 adult specialties – geriatrics, gynecology and neurology/neurosurgery.

5. University of California, Irvine Medical Center

UC-Irvine earned the fifth spot in the race for top-ranked hospital in Los Angeles. Situated in the nearby city of Orange, UC-Irvine is nationally ranked in the specialties of ENT and orthopedics.

If you are a resident of the Los Angeles area or looking to become one, knowing where you should turn in a time of crisis is important. Since we know that all hospitals are not equal, you should know your best options. If you are interested in learning more about the many beautiful luxury homes available in Southern California you can contact one of our real estate professionals. We specialize in high-end homes in the most sought-after neighborhoods in Southern California.

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(all data current as of 10/18/2017)

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