U.S. News & World Report ranks USC hospitals among top national hospitals in 10 specialty areas

Friday, July 29, 2011:

Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital placed among the best hospitals in the nation in the 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report magazine’s rankings of “America’s Best Hospitals.”

USC-affiliated Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center also was ranked. Keck School of Medicine of USC-affiliated Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), staffed exclusively by USC faculty physicians, was named earlier this year to the magazine’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll.

The latest rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area. Keck Hospital of USC ranked in eight specialty areas, up two specialty areas from last year. The new specialty areas include:

• 30th in geriatrics

• 48th in gastroenterology

Other specialty areas include:

• Ninth in ophthalmology (USC Department of Ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute)

• 18th in urology

• 24th in orthopedics

• 25th in neurology and neurosurgery

• 32nd in pulmonology

• 34th in gynecology

Bringing the total to 10 specialty areas, Keck Hospital of USC was also ranked as “high performing” in two specialty areas in the U.S News & World Report metro area rankings for hospitals: ear, nose and throat, and nephrology.

USC Norris Cancer Hospital ranked 48th among cancer hospitals and as “high performing” in nephrology in the Metro Area rankings. Rancho Los Amigos ranked 18th in rehabilitation. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the only California hospital named to the magazine’s national Honor Roll of children’s hospitals.

This year, only 140 of the 4,825 hospitals that U.S. News evaluated performed well enough to rank in even one specialty.

“These rankings of our hospitals are a nod to the daily commitment to excellence by Keck School faculty physicians, nurses and hospital staff,” said Keck School Dean Carmen A. Puliafito. “We’re pleased for all of our faculty honored by these rankings.”

The full list of hospital rankings and methodology is also available online at http://www.usnews.com/besthospitals.