UCLA Health System is proud to 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:
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica have 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.
According to US News and World Report's America's Best Hospital Honor Roll, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ranks as one of the top five hospitals in the nation and, for 22 consecutive years, as the best hospital in the western United States. UCLA's nationally recognized programs based in Westwood and in Santa Monica have been ranked among the top 20 in 15 of their 16 medical specialties. Twelve of those specialties were ranked in the top 10.
The National Cancer Institute has designated the Lung Cancer Program at UCLA Health System'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.
The National Cancer Institute designated the UCLA Health System'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. UCLA is the only SPORE site in Southern California and one of only three in the western United States. 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.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) has designated UCLA Health System's Prostate Cancer and Kidney Cancer programs Centers of Excellence according to NIH guidelines.
American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHP) recognized Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as one of America's Most Customer-Friendly Hospitals in the organization's Hospital of Choice Award for 2007-2008.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital 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.
UCLA Health System has earned the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Center of Excellence designation by demonstrating a track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.