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UCLA Medical Center Named Best Hospital in West for 14th Consecutive Year, Again Listed on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll


UCLA Medical Center ranks as the best hospital in theWestern United States for the 14th consecutive year — and moves up toNo. 3 in the nation — according to a U.S. News & World Report survey of 2,550 board-certifiedphysicians from across the country.

The 14th annual guide to "America's best hospitals"highlights the magazine's July 28 edition and will be on newsstands July 21.The rankings also are available on the Internet at

UCLA Medical Center is the only Southern California hospitalto earn a spot on the magazine's "honor roll" rankings during the 14 years U.S.News has conducted the survey. The honor roll recognizes hospitals thatdemonstrate excellence across many specialties.

"Our doctors, nurses and staff come to UCLA every day tohelp the sick, advance medical knowledge and pursue scientific research inorder to help people access the highest quality medical care," said Dr. MichaelKarpf, associatevice chancellor of UCLA Hospital Systems and director of UCLA MedicalCenter. "This is a wonderful tribute to our outstanding medical and nursingstaffs, as well as all members of the health-care team at UCLA Medical Center,and the many community physicians with whom we have close ties."

A survey by the National Opinion Research Center at theUniversity of Chicago of 150 board-certified physicians in each of 17 medicalspecialties serves as the base for the U.S. News rankings. Each physician ranksthe leading hospitals in his or her specialty. The U.S. News & World Reportindex combines reputation, mortality data, number of procedures performed andother measures to summarize quality of care.

"To once again bein the company of the nation's best hospitals when the rapid changes in healthcare constantly challenge our commitment to excellence, is to make usextraordinarily proud of our physicians', scientists', nurses' and our entirestaff's dedication," said Dr. Gerald S. Levey, vice chancellor of UCLA MedicalSciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "Wecongratulate our faculty and staff for helping UCLA earn this well-deserveddistinction."

UCLA ranked highly in numerous specialty areas, including aNo. 1 ranking in geriatrics for the 12th consecutive year. In the field ofpsychiatry, the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital ranked No. 6 in the countryand best in the Western United States for the 12th consecutive year. UCLA'sJonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Jules Stein Eye Institute also werejudged best in the Western United States, with national rankings of No. 8and No. 5 respectively.

UCLA specialty areas ranked in the top 20 are: cancer(No. 8); digestive disorders (No. 7); ear, nose and throat(No. 6); eye care (No. 5); geriatrics (No. 1); gynecology (No. 7);heart and heart surgery (No. 12); hormonal disorders (No. 8); kidneydisease (No. 7); neurology and neurosurgery (No. 8); orthopedics(No. 7); pediatrics (No. 13); psychiatry (No. 6); rehabilitation(No. 20); respiratory disorders (No. 14); rheumatology (No. 5);and urology (No. 4).

In addition to UCLA, hospitals named to the 2003 honor rollare: Johns Hopkins in Baltimore (No. 1); Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.(No. 2); Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (No. 4); ClevelandClinic (No. 5); Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.(No. 6); UC San Francisco Medical Center (No. 7); Barnes-JewishHospital in St. Louis (No. 8); University of Michigan Medical Center inAnn Arbor (No. 9); University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle (No. 10);New York-Presbyterian Hospital (No. 11); Brigham and Women's Hospital inBoston (No. 12); Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania inPhiladelphia (No. 13); University of Chicago Hospitals (No. 14);Stanford University Hospital and Clinics and the University of PittsburghMedical Center (tied at No. 15); and Vanderbilt University Medical Centerin Nashville (No. 17).

UCLA Medical Center is a nonprofit, self-supporting 668-bedhospital providing patient care in all medical specialties. It is the primaryteaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The UCLANeuropsychiatric Hospital is a 120-bed facility providing adults, teens andchildren with a full continuum of psychiatric care, including inpatient, dayhospital and outpatient services.

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