UCSF Medical Center Named Best Metro-Area Hospital

March 29, 2011
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UCSF Medical Center is the best hospital in the San Francisco-Oakland area according to U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings.

The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

UCSF Medical Center also has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation's top 10 premier hospitals for 10 consecutive years.

In a set of pediatric specialty rankings released in June 2010, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital was ranked among the nation's best in eight pediatric specialties, making it one of the top-ranked facilities in California. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is the only state-designated children's medical center in San Francisco.

"As a vital member of the San Francisco community for nearly 150 years, UCSF is focused on providing our neighbors access to the safest, highest-quality health care," said Mark Laret, chief executive officer of the UCSF Medical Center and the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. "It is an honor to be recognized along with our colleagues in the San Francisco-Oakland area."

U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals across the nation that are exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.

To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

“All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” says Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”

All hospitals that ranked in the San Francisco-Oakland, CA area are listed below. For the full list of metro area rankings visit www.usnews.com/hospitals. The methodology behind the rankings is also available online.

Best Hospitals in San Francisco-Oakland, CA

1. UCSF Medical Center — San Francisco, CA
2. John Muir Medical Center — Walnut Creek, CA
3. California Pacific Medical Center — San Francisco, CA
4. John Muir Medical Center — Concord, CA
5. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center — Berkeley, CA
5. Seton Medical Center — Daly City, CA
7. Kaiser Foundation Hospital — Antioch, CA
7. Kaiser Foundation Hospital — Walnut Creek, CA
7. Kaiser Foundation Hospital — Oakland, CA
7. Kaiser Permanente San Francisco — San Francisco, CA
7. Mills-Peninsula Health Services — Burlingame, CA
7. San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center — San Francisco, CA
7. Sequoia Hospital — Redwood City, CA
7. Washington Hospital — Fremont, CA

About UCSF Medical Center

UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer. It operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF and generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.