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US News: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Best Hospital In LA

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has been named the best hospital in the Los Angeles area, according to a ranking released by US News & World Report.

US News ranked hospitals within all of the 52 US metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more. In the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earned the top spot, followed by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USC University Hospital and UCI Medical Center. Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center rounded out the top five.

City of Hope in Duarte and Rancho Los Alamitos National Rehabilitation Center were also named a nationally ranked Best Hospital by the magazine, earning the No. 6 and 7 spots on the list.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earned its spot because of its especially strong scores in 14 specialties like geriatrics, ophthalmology and urology. The hospital is also ranked nationally in 15 adult and 9 pediatric specialties.

The magazine evaluated 5,000 hospitals, and 152 were nationally ranked in a specialty.

The Los Angeles metro area included Long Beach, Santa Ana and Santa Monica.

“All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” according to U.S. News health rankings editor Avery Comarow.
“The new ‘Best Hospitals’ metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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