Local Hospitals Make the Grade

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Local Hospitals Make the Grade

U.S. News releases 2017-18 Best Hospitals list

By Working Nurse
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When U.S. News & World Report released its 28th annual Best Hospitals rankings in August, several local facilities came away with laurels in both the regional rankings and the publication’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll.

Best Regional Hospitals

In compiling its latest annual hospital rankings, U.S. News examined data from more than 4,500 hospitals across more than two dozen specialty areas. Nationwide, only 535 facilities scored highly enough to rank among the best hospitals in their regions.

In California, 53 of the state’s approximately 420 acute care hospitals made the grade. UCSF Medical Center took California’s top honors this year, but six facilities in our area were in the top 10.

Highest-ranked was Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which was No. 2 in the state and ranked among the best in the nation across 15 adult and 10 pediatric specialty areas. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ranked fourth in California, with Scripps La Jolla Hospital coming in sixth. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Huntington Memorial in Pasadena and Keck Hospital of USC rounded out the top 10, ranking eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.

Honor Roll

UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai were also among the 20 hospitals on the national 2017–18 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, ranking seventh and 11th respectively. Cedars also claimed an impressive fourth place nationwide in cardiology and heart surgery.

These scores are all the more commendable because this year’s methodology was tougher than ever. U.S. News filtered out some less-significant metrics, considered five years of Medicare data rather than three and added new risk adjustments so that hospitals aren’t penalized for treating poorer patients or accepting high-risk transfers.

Working Nurse congratulates these facilities and the nurses who helped them achieve this distinction. To read the full list, visit health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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