UCSF Medical Center Named Among Top Hospitals in Nation

July 02, 2000
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UCSF Medical Center was named one of "America's Best Hospitals" in a ranking released today by U.S. News & World Report. UCSF was No.11 among 1,700 medical centers surveyed nationwide.

Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center, credited the hard work of doctors and staff throughout the medical center for the national recognition. Dr. Theodore Schrock, UCSF chief medical officer, added these rankings affirm that UCSF's clinical excellence matches its academic excellence, which was also recognized by U.S. News this year.

In rankings by specialties, UCSF was No. 5 in two categories -- hormonal disorders, including diabetes and other glandular conditions, and in neurology and neurosurgery, including the treatment of strokes. The medical center was ninth in digestive disorders. UCSF ranked among the top 15 hospitals in the following specialties: heart (13); rheumatology (12); and urology (11). Other rankings include: ear, nose and throat (17); geriatrics (28); kidney disease (19); and orthopedics (21).

These rankings were based on a quality of care survey that took into consideration reputation, mortality and other factors such as the number of Medicare patients discharged and the ratio of nurses to beds.

In specialties evaluated on reputation alone, UCSF's rankings were: eyes (12); pediatrics (13); and psychiatry (11).

The top 15 hospitals, designated as the Honor Roll, are: 1) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; 2) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; 3) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; 4) Cleveland Clinic; 5) UCLA Medical Center; 6) Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; 7) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, and Stanford University Hospital, in a tie; 9) Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; 10) Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; 11) UCSF Medical Center; 12) University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor; 13) University of Chicago Hospitals; 14) University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle; 15) University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The annual ranking appears in the July 17 issue of the magazine.