With health care proposals and counterproposals swirling, and health care costs a recurring sore spot for employers and workers alike, it’s nice to see the spotlight turn to actual patient care — as in the places and personnel that help sick people get better.

It’s even more heartening that Los Angeles is well-represented in that spotlight. The most recent ranking of the nation’s top hospitals, calculated annually by U.S. News & World Report, features two Los Angeles providers in the top 10 and a third in the top 20.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center placed sixth in the 2019-2020 rankings, rising one spot from last year. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ranked eighth for the second consecutive year. And Keck Hospital of USC landed at No. 16; it wasn’t included in last year’s rankings.

A deeper look into the components of the U.S. News report reveals that Westwood-based UCLA earned nationwide rankings of No. 3 in nephrology, and pulmonology and lung surgery as well as No. 4 in diabetes, and endocrinology and geriatrics, and No. 5 in ophthalmology. Under the guidance of UCLA Health Chief Executive John Mazziotta, UCLA was No. 2 on the Business Journal’s most recent list of area hospitals based on net patient revenue.

U.S. News rated Cedars-Sinai second nationally for gastroenterology and GI surgery, third for cardiology and heart surgery, third for orthopedics and fourth for pulmonology and lung surgery. Led by Cedars-Sinai Health System Chief Executive Thomas Priselac, Cedars was the top hospital on the latest Business Journal list.

Downtown-based Keck earned a No. 4 national ranking for urology, a No. 6 placement for geriatrics and the No. 11 slot for cardiology and heart surgery. The USC facility, which is overseen by Keck Medicine of USC Chief Executive Thomas Jackiewicz, ranked eighth on the Business Journal’s patient revenue list.

City of Hope earned a No. 11 national ranking for cancer care. The Duarte-based

facility, headed by Chief Executive Robert Stone, ranked No. 5 on the Business Journal’s recent patient revenue list.

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which earlier this year was ranked as the No. 5 children’s hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, has a new reason to celebrate. The East Hollywood-based facility was awarded a $50 million gift by the Anderson Stewart Family Foundation.

“We are honored and humbled to receive this new gift that will continue ... creating a better future for the children of this world,” CHLA Chief Executive and President Paul Viviano said in a statement.

It’s the second $50 million donation to CHLA by the Stewart Foundation, which initially supplied funding to the hospital in 2011 for completion of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion. Marion Stewart was a board trustee at CHLA from 1989 until she died in 2017.

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