UCSF Medical Center Among America's Top 10

July 19, 2001
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UCSF Medical Center ranks among the country's 10 best hospitals and one of the three best hospitals in California, according to a new survey conducted by US News & World Report.

Results of the survey of "America's Best Hospitals" appear in the current issue of the magazine. UCSF Medical Center ranks ninth overall on the "honor roll" of the nation's leading hospitals. Honor roll hospitals rank high in six or more of the 17 specialties included in the survey, demonstrating unusual excellence across the board, according to the magazine. The survey places UCSF Medical Center among the best in 16 specialties, including among the top 10 hospitals in treating digestive disorders, hormonal disorders, neurology, ophthalmology, pulmonary disease, and rheumatology. UCSF Medical Center also is ranked among the nation's best hospitals in cancer; ear, nose and throat, geriatrics, gynecology, heart, kidney disease, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry, and urology specialties.

"This honor is first and foremost a recognition of the incredible quality of the UCSF School of Medicine, led by Dean Haile Debas and our extremely talented and committed clinical department chairs," said UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret. "It is also a testament to the quality of the faculty, housestaff, nursing, other allied health professionals and all the staff who are part of the UCSF Medical Center team."

U.S. News has identified exceptional medical centers since 1990. The methodology for "America's Best Hospitals" was created in 1993 by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, which has revised and carried it out since. A total of 1,878 hospitals were evaluated in a survey in which the magazine asked medical experts to name the best hospitals for patient care in each of the 17 specialties. The rankings include the 168 hospitals that earned the highest scores based on reputation and various medical data.

The top 10 overall hospitals in order of honor roll ranking are: (1) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; (2) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; (3) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; (4) Cleveland Clinic; (5) UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, (6) Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; (7) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis; (7) University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor; (9) UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco; and (10) Stanford University Hospital.