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Awards and Achievements


UCLA Health can claim a number of awards and achievements that distinguish our organization as a leading provider of healthcare services not only in the United States, but in the world. Some of our most recent distinctions include—

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  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has been named to Becker's Hospital Review as one of the "100 hospitals with great neurosurgery and spine programs."
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has been named to Becker's Hospital Review's 2014-15 list of "100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs." The hospitals featured on the list lead the nation in cardiovascular and thoracic healthcare.
  • Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA has been recognized as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is among a select group of hospitals to be ranked in all 10 of the specialty areas reviewed in the magazine's 2014–15 "Best Children's Hospitals" survey.
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has been named one of America's 50 best hospitals by Becker's Hospital Review. The award recognizes UCLA for putting patients' needs first, driving a variety of innovations and helping to set the bar for high quality care.
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement and Target: Stroke Honor Roll awards for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the Association.
  • For the fourth consecutive year, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, received the 2014 Partner for Change awards by Practice Greenhealth. The Partner for Change award recognizes those facilities that have continuously improved and expanded their programs aimed at eliminating mercury, reducing waste, lowering the toxicity of waste, and recycling.
  • National Research Corporation has selected Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as a recipient of its 2013 Path to Excellence Award for Top Performance in HCAHPS ‘Rate Hospital’ category among hospitals with a bed size of 300 or more. National Research selected Path to Excellence award recipients based on their achievement within categories that patients have identified as being most important to the quality of their care. The winners were selected from the extensive database of National Research hospital customers for performance over the four quarters, Q3 2011-Q2 2012.
  • American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHP) recognized Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as one of the top 100 hospitals in the organization's Hospital of Choice Award for 2013.
  • Three UCLA hospitals - Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica - received HIMSS Analytics' acute care Stage 7 award, an award that represents attainment of the highest level of electronic medical record progress at hospitals and health systems. Most recently, only 2.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database have received this recognition.
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has been named among America's "100 Hospitals With Great Women's Health Programs" by Beckers Hospital Review, citing the accomplishment of the department of obstetrics and gynecology, UCLA's women's health researchers and physicians, and the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center.
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center made the list of top hospitals in AARP magazine. It was selected as one of the country's leading hospitals, and one of the most highly recommended in a number of medical specialties, in a major survey of physicians across the nation. The results of the survey appear in the May–June 2009 issue of AARP The Magazine.
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has earned Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Through the Magnet Recognition Program, organizations are evaluated based on compliance with specific quality indicators and standards of nursing practice, which include maintaining appropriate nurse staffing ratios, involving nurses in decision-making processes and supporting continuing education and competence for nurses.
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has received an award for outstanding heart attack care from the American College of Cardiology Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award. The quality-improvement program recognizes UCLA's commitment and success in implementing an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica rank among the top three hospitals in Los Angeles County for the highest percentages of mothers discharged from the hospital while exclusively feeding their babies with breast milk. In addition to comprehensive breastfeeding education, for the past 10 years Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has practiced total "rooming in", which means that mothers are never separated from their babies from the time of birth until mother and child are discharged from the hospital, unless a medical problem exists.
  • The Leapfrog Group named Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as a 2007 Leapfrog Top Hospital based on results from the annual Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey, a rating system that provides one of the most complete assessments of U.S. hospital quality and safety.
  • In June of 2007, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was honored by OneLegacy, the transplant donor network serving Southern California, for achieving a high organ conversion rate. From 6/1/2005 to 5/31/2007, UCLA recorded an organ donation rate of 69 percent, the highest 12-month average in the OneLegacy network. Since then, our organ conversion success has continued to excel, with the latest year's result (July 2006 - June 2007) at 81 percent. Read more about UCLA Health's efforts to save lives by improving rates of organ donation.


Specialty Care:

  • UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named to the 2014 Becker's Hospital Review list of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs”
  • The UCLA Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery has received a "3 star" rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). STS has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Approximately 14 percent of hospitals received the "3 star" rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from July 2010 to June 2011, the cardiac surgery performance of our hospital was found to lie in the highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS 3 star rating.
  • The National Cancer Institute has designated the Lung Cancer Program at UCLA Health's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE), making it one of only a handful of programs nationwide to receive national recognition and substantial research funding to improve prevention, detection and treatment of lung cancer. The goal is to translate basic research from the lab into patient care much more quickly and effectively.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated UCLA Health's Prostate Cancer and Kidney Cancer programs Centers of Excellence according to NIH guidelines.
  • A survey by The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recognized the heart transplant program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as the nation's best in 2010. The HRSA survey is designed to evaluate and recognize the country's highest performing organ transplant programs and UCLA's was the only heart transplant program in the U.S. to be ranked at the silver level.
  • The National Cancer Institute designated the UCLA Health's Prostate Cancer Program as a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in 2002, distinguishing the program as one of a few institutions nationwide tapped to improve prevention, detection and treatment of the disease. The designation came with an $11.5 million grant to enhance the program's ability to bring together laboratory and clinical researchers in a joint effort to improve the detection, treatment and prevention of prostate cancer.


UCLA Medical Group:

  • UCLA Medical Group has been recognized by both California Association of Physician Groups and the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its outstanding patient-centered care and medical care management. CAPG, the nation's largest professional association representing accountable physician groups practicing managed care, has designated UCLA Medical Group at the highest “Elite" level in its Standards of Excellence award from 2011-2014.
  • NCQA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, awarded UCLA Medical Group its two-year Certification in Credentialing and Recredentialing. It is the fifth time that UCLA Medical Group has received this distinction. NCQA has also designated UCLA Medical Group for a Certified P4P Audit Review™, a process that represents a high level of integrity to reported quality data.
  • UCLA Medical Group was awarded the Gold Level Achievement for clinical quality by the California Department of Managed Health Care in 2011. The UCLA Medical Group was also awarded the Bronze Award for Outstanding Performance in Cardiovascular and Diabetes Management and the Bronze Award for Outstanding Performance in Blood Sugar Control for Patients with Diabetes in 2013. The California Department of Managed Health Care launched its Right Care Initiative (RCI) in 2007 as a public-private collaborative effort to improve clinical quality in three key areas: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hospital-acquired infections, and to rank among the best in the nation on critical metrics of how well care is being managed.
  • Integrated Healthcare Association ranked UCLA Medical Group one of California's top performing physician organizations 2004-2009, for Outstanding Clinical Quality performance 2010-2011, and for Outstanding Patient Experience performance in 2012.
  • UCLA Medical Group is a qualified data registry under the 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), a Medicare pay-for-reporting program. UCLA Medical Group was one of only 10 organizations in the nation affiliated with teaching or academic medical centers to earn this designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In 2012 UCLA participated in GPRO Medical Group quality reporting and, since 2013, participates in Accountable Care Organization quality reporting through participation in a Medicare Shared Savings Plan agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.