UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica were rank No. 1 in Los Angeles and California and No. 5 in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of hospitals in the United States.
The rankings evaluate hospitals’ quality in nine common procedures and treatments such as surgeries for aortic valve, colon cancer, congestive heart failure, heart bypass, knee replacement and lung cancer. Nearly 4,400 national hospitals were evaluated in the report.
UCLA Health were among only 20 hospitals name to the report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll, which evaluates performance in 16 medical specialties and recognizes hospitals that excel in providing the most complex kinds of medical care. Only 150 hospitals were nationally ranked in even one specialty, just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 studied, according to Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. Even fewer excelled in multiple specialties, as UCLA Health and other Honor Roll hospitals did.
Overall, UCLA Health hospitals are top-ranked in 25 adult and pediatric medical specialties. UCLA Health ranked as excellent in 15 of the 16 specialties assessed by U.S. News, including geriatrics, urology, ear, nose and throat medicine, cancer at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, ophthalmology at the Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes, rheumatology, nephrology, psychiatry at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology, gynecology, cardiology and heart surgery, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology. UCLA is also top-ranked in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer treatment, cardiology and heart surgery, neonatology, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery and pulmonology.
The highest-ranking specialties at UCLA Health were geriatrics at 2nd in the nation; urology at 3rd in the nation; ear, nose and throat medicine at 4th in the nation; cancer, gastroenterology, gastrointestinal surgery and ophthalmology at 5th in the nation. UCLA ranked highly in 15 out of 16 specialties, and ranked in the top 10 of 12 specialties. In terms of medical procedures, UCLA Health achieved the highest possible ranking in 9 medical procedures, including hip replacement surgery and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
2016 marks the 27th consecutive year that UCLA Health hospitals have been ranked in the top 6 of all national hospitals. This year, the Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 with 418 points. The Cleveland Clinic came in 2nd place with 378 points, followed by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with 371 points, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore with 349 points, and finally UCLA Medical Center with 331 points. Scores are calculated based on patient outcomes and care-related factors such as patient safety and nurse-to-patient ratios.
UCLA Health includes four hospitals on two separate campuses, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, as well as more than 150 primary and specialty offices throughout Southern California.
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