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U.S. News Releases 'Best Hospitals' Rankings

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2011

"Our purpose is to heal humankind, one patient at a time," said David Feinberg, MD, president of the UCLA Health System and UCLA associate vice chancellor for health sciences. "While we are pleased with this recognition, what really drives us is ensuring that every patient that comes through our doors gets care that is compassionate, safe, of the highest quality, and delivered with dignity and respect."

The 17 hospitals on the Honor Roll are picked from more than 5,000 hospitals in 94 metropolitan areas, and must rank at or near the top in at least six of the 16 specialties identified by U.S. News.

The latest rankings, issued Tuesday, showcase 720 hospitals, each of which is ranked among the country's top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

"These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high."

The data used to measure the hospitals include death rates, patient safety, and procedure volume. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in, U.S. News said.

"These are hospitals we call 'high performers.' They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures," Comarow said. "Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals."

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4 comments on "U.S. News Releases 'Best Hospitals' Rankings"


Mike (7/21/2011 at 11:39 PM)
Kaiser Permanente is the best health care provider in the country. Now they single out hospitals, that is fine, they should also and maybe they do list the best providers such as Kaiser.

Pat Combs (7/21/2011 at 7:11 PM)
We all know those first 5 are good but what about the rest?

Harry Willis (7/21/2011 at 8:42 AM)
Hello, I think it is a great thing to make the list of America's top ranked hospitals but I think all that made the list should be recognized as well.