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UCSF Medical Center Ranked Eighth Nationally By U.S. News

July 15, 2014
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Doctors at UCSF Medical Center repair a patient's jaw bone

Dr. Jason Pomerantz and Dr. Carrie McCloskey repair a patient's jaw bone at UCSF Medical Center.
Photo by Susan Merrell

UCSF Medical Center is among the nation's premier hospitals for the 13th consecutive year, ranking as the eighth best hospital in the country in the 2014-2015 America's Best Hospitals survey from U.S. News & World Report, and once again securing a spot among the top 10 hospitals nationwide.

UCSF Medical Center also earned a spot on the survey's honor roll, which highlights just 17 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 nationwide for their expertise in treating the most challenging patients across a range of medical specialties. Hospitals on the Honor Roll placed in the top tier in at least six of the 16 specialties in which U.S. News ranks hospitals.

U.S. News hospital rankings graphic

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care.

"Patients from all over the country, and even from other parts of the world, come to UCSF because they know they can benefit from the expertise of clinical experts who are at the top of their fields nationally, as well as from the latest research and innovative treatments," said Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. "U.S. News' rankings are a validation of our daily work to provide the best health care possible, and serve as motivation to continue advancing the health care field for future patients."

The U.S. News rankings cover 16 medical specialties. UCSF further distinguished itself by placing among the top 10 medical centers nationwide in eight specialty areas: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; rheumatology; and urology.

In a separate set of pediatric specialty rankings released last month, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco was ranked among the top children's hospitals in California in U.S. News and World Report's annual Best Children's Hospitals edition. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco also is the only pediatric hospital in Northern California nationally ranked in each of the 10 specialties surveyed — a distinction shared by only 21 children's hospitals nationwide.

UCSF Medical Center has made significant investments in its ability to deliver the highest quality, safest care.

In 2012, the hospital implemented one of the most comprehensive electronic health records systems in the United States. Additionally, the hospital was awarded the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.
Photo by Mark Citret

The new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, which will include three new, state-of-the-art hospitals — children's, women's specialty, and cancer — will open its doors on Feb. 1, 2015. The hospitals will be located adjacent to one of UCSF's world-renowned research campuses, at Mission Bay, further encouraging the kind of collaboration for which UCSF is known, translating laboratory discoveries into next-generation therapies.

UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of UC San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health, neurological diseases and disorders, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer. With about 770,000 patient visits and 38,000 hospital admissions each year, it operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF, generating about $1.6 billion in revenue to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.

U.S. News publishes the annual Best Hospitals rankings to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

"The data tell the story — an Honor Roll hospital has much to be proud of," said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "Just 144 hospitals, or about 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 we evaluated, earned national ranking in even one specialty, let alone put up top scores in six specialties."

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings were published online on July 15 and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015" guidebook, available in August.

UCSF Medical Center's Specialty Rankings

Cancer (#8)

Diabetes & Endocrinology (#5)

Ear, Nose & Throat (#8)

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#25)

Geriatrics (#12)

Gynecology (#6)

Nephrology (#4)

Neurology & Neurosurgery (#5)

Orthopedics (#14)

Pulmonology (#24)

Rheumatology (#10)

Urology (#6)

UCSF Medical Center is "high-performing" in:

Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ophthalmology

Pulmonology

Psychiatry

Source: US News' 2014-2015 America's Best Hospitals survey

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.

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