UC Irvine Medical Center is the top-ranking Orange County health-care facility, according to U.S. News & World Report's inaugural list of the Best Regional Hospitals. The Orange-based institution landed at No. 4 out of 44 in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which includes Long Beach-, Santa Ana- and Santa Monica-area medical centers.
Other local hospitals to make the list are St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Anaheim, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Mission Hospital and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.
The new list ranks a total of 622 facilities in or near major cities with a record of high-quality performance in specific medical specialties; a health-care facility must score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 specialties. The rankings were ordered first by a hospital's number of nationally ranked specialties, then by the number of other areas where it landed among the top 25 percent.
The 422-bed UCI Medical Center is nationally ranked in three specialties – ear, nose and throat, gynecology and urology – and the facility's eight high-performing areas are cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology.
"UC Irvine Medical Center's mission is based on a commitment to top-notch patient care and excellence in research that translates to better bedside treatment," said hospital CEO Terry A. Belmont.
The center also has been recognized on U.S. News & World Report's list of America's Best Hospitals for 10 years; it is the only O.C. medical center on that ranking. In addition, more than 90 physicians at the facility were named to the 2011-2012 Best Doctors in America program.
"Our inclusion on another best-hospitals list is a testament to our outstanding medical faculty, nurses and staff," said Belmont. "I congratulate all of them."
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center landed at No. 1 with 15 nationally ranked specialties.
Here's a look at the other local hospitals:
• St. Joseph Hospital – No. 10 (eight high-performing specialties)
• Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian – No. 14 (six high-performing specialties)
• Anaheim Memorial Medical Center – No. 21 (four high-performing specialties)
• Kaiser Foundation Hospital – No. 21 (four high-performing specialties)
• Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center – No. 25 (three high-performing specialties)
• Mission Hospital – No. 29 (two high-performing specialties)
• St. Jude Medical Center – No. 36 (one high-performing specialty)
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