July 29, 2019
UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica ranked #1 in Los Angeles, #1 in California and #6 nationally in the 2019–20 assessment published today by U.S. News & World Report.
For 30 consecutive years, UCLA has earned a spot on the national honor roll, which names the 20 hospitals that provide the highest quality care across a range of specialties, procedures and conditions.
"We are honored and inspired by the extraordinary dedication and efforts of our highly skilled teams of physicians, nurses, health care professionals and support staff," said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and CEO of the UCLA Hospital System. "It is our privilege to enhance community health and provide excellence in care to patients who come to us from Los Angeles, across the state and around the country."
U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals' performance in 16 specialties and nine procedures and conditions. Hospitals must earn strong grades in several areas of care to earn a spot on the honor roll; only 165 hospitals were ranked nationally in even one area.
UCLA Health earned top 10 rankings in 12 specialties: nephrology (3), pulmonology and lung surgery (3), diabetes and endocrinology (4), geriatrics (4), ophthalmology at the UCLA Jules Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes (5), gastroenterology/gastrointestinal surgery (6), neurology and neurosurgery (6), cardiology and heart surgery (8), orthopaedics (8), psychiatry at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA (8), rheumatology (9) and urology (10).
"At UCLA, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality care to every patient, every time, no matter the circumstance," said John Mazziotta, MD, PhD, vice chancellor for UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health. "I applaud the collaboration and commitment of everyone in the UCLA Hospital System and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA."
U.S. News methodologies are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, patient volume and nursing quality.
"The hospitals highlighted on this year's honor roll deliver state-of-the-art medical expertise across multiple specialties," said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "Their rankings reflect U.S. News's assessment of their commitment to providing high-quality care to patients day in and day out."
UCLA Health comprises four hospitals on two campuses — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital on the university's main campus in the Westwood area of Los Angeles, and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica — and more than 180 medical practices throughout Southern California. It also includes the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.