UCLA's medical center makes list of top hospitals in AARP magazine

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To coincide with the release of the issue, the magazine — which has the world's largest circulation, with more than 34 million readers — today debuted on its website an interactive map listing the survey's 125 top-ranked hospitals in the U.S., including UCLA, by geographic region. The list is based on a survey conducted by Consumers' Checkbook, a nonprofit research organization.

"This is a wonderful tribute to our entire health care team as we celebrate the recent opening of our new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center," said Dr. David Feinberg, chief executive officer and associate vice chancellor of the UCLA Hospital System. "We are grateful to our medical staff, who go the extra mile every day to save lives and deliver compassionate care to patients in our community and from around the world."

Consumers' Checkbook surveyed doctors across the U.S. and collected 140,000 ratings of hospitals in these doctors' local communities. The doctors were also asked whether they would recommend that patients seek care at hospitals in other communities for certain extremely difficult cases involving heart conditions, cancer and other ailments — and if so, which hospitals they would recommend.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, in addition to making the top 125 list, was ranked among the most recommended hospitals for neurosurgery, mystery diagnoses and eye care, through UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, for extremely difficult cases.

This survey was conducted as part of the research for Consumers' Checkbook's new book "Consumers' Guide to Hospitals," which uses volumes of government safety statistics and data on death and complication rates, along with survey results, to compare and rank hospitals in the country's 53 largest metro areas.

UCLA Health has been a leader in patient care, medical research and teaching for more than 50 years. Today, our physicians provide an array of cutting-edge and research-based primary and specialty services in four hospitals on two campuses, and in numerous outpatient clinic locations. Composed of the UCLA Hospital System and the UCLA Medical Group and its affiliates, the UCLA Health has provided the best in health care and the most advanced treatment options to the people of Southern California, the U.S. and around the globe. UCLA's preeminence in health care — a strength that comes from the union of research, teaching and excellence in patient care — continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. The clinical programs of Ronald Reagan UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center–UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA, and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital comprise a system of hospital care that has been ranked among the best in the nation. UCLA physicians and hospitals continue to be world leaders in the full range of care, from maintaining the health of families to the diagnosis and treatment of complex illnesses.