UCLA Health 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:
• The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations each year, awarded Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center the maximum three-year accreditation.
• The Joint Commission certified UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center as a “Primary Stroke Center.”
• American College of Surgeons designated Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as the highest-level Trauma Center.
• American Academy of Pediatrics verified UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital as the top-level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
• Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency accredited Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as a ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Heart Attack Receiving Center.
• The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that assesses performance of more than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation, recognized UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with Hospital Patient Safety Grades “A” and “A”, respectively, in Spring 2019.
• American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognized UCLA with a 2018 Get With the Guildelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Award for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure Performance Achievement Indicators.
• URAC, a national accreditation organization, granted UCLA Health a Patient-Centered Medical Home accreditation, a standard for excellence in ambulatory patient care.
• The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund, recognized Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with a "baby-friendly" designation in 2017.
• Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized all four UCLA Health hospitals on its list of “Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” in 2017.
• Press Ganey recognized Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA for outstanding nursing quality.
• Vizient, a company that seeks to help health care organizations deliver exceptional, cost-effective patient care, recognized Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Health with the 2017 Rising Star Award for making significant improvements in year-over-year performance in quality and accountability.
• CAPG, an association representing physician organizations in 38 states, recognized UCLA Medical Group with the highest rating possible in its 2017 Standards of Excellence Survey.
• Healthgrades, a resource connecting consumers and health care organizations, recognized Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center as Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence.
Patients benefit from UCLA Health’s standing as a comprehensive academic medical system, where physicians and scientists work together to research new ways to diagnose and treat diseases.
• National Institutes of Health awarded the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with funding totaling $303 million in 2016. The school is consistently among the tops in the nation in research funding awarded.
• U.S. News & World Report ranked the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 11th in research and sixth in primary care in its annual assessment of medical schools in 2017.
• The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has made numerous research breakthroughs that serve the public by advancing health care.
• National Cancer Institute in 2017 designated the brain cancer program at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer and the UCLA Brain Tumor Center as a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) site to honor and support exemplary achievements in research and patient care.
• National Cancer Institute in 2013 renewed the SPORE designation for the prostate cancer program at the cancer center and the David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Urology.
• Hospitals & Health Networks named Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center one of the ”Most Wired” hospitals in the nation.
• U.S. News & World Report recognized UCLA Health as one of the “Most Connected Hospitals” for excellence in patient safety and engagement and clinical connectedness.
• HIMSS Analytics, a global healthcare advisor, awarded Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center with an acute care Stage 7 award for highest level of electronic medical record progress at hospitals and health systems.
• Vizient, a company that seeks to help health care organizations deliver exceptional, cost-effective patient care, ranked UCLA Health No. 2 in Patient Centeredness among 107 hospitals evaluated in its 2017 AMC Quality and Accountability Performance Scorecard.
• Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems recognized Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center for high “likelihood to recommend” rankings and exceptional patient-satisfaction scores.
• National Cancer Institute recognized UCLA Health's Prostate Cancer and Brain Tumor Programs as Centers of Excellence.
• Press Ganey awarded UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center with a 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award for outstanding Neonatal Intensive Care Unit care.
• American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy awarded the Endoscopy Units at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and 200 UCLA Medical Plaza with "Quality Star" designations.
Workplace and Culture
• American Nurses Credentialing Center designated UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as national Magnet hospitals, the highest level of nursing accreditation.
• Practice Greenhealth, an environmental solutions resource for the health care sector, recognized Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center with a Greenhealth Partner for Change Award for safe and sustainable environmental policies.
• WorldatWork, a nonprofit human resources association, awarded UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with a 2017 Seal of Distinction from WorldatWork for providing a distinct, positive work environment.
• Nurse.org named Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center as one of the top 2 Best Hospitals in California for nurses.
• UCLA Health has the largest combined heart-lung transplant program in the country.
• The Liver-Transplant Team performed its 6,000th liver transplant in June 2016 – the highest number of liver transplants performed at any one center in the U.S.
• The Lung Transplant program performed a milestone 1,000th surgery in September 2016, becoming the first program on the West Coast, and one of only seven centers nationwide to do so.