This story has been updated to include recognition of Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals.

Los Angeles County hospitals ranked among the highest in the nation and California, with UCLA Health and Cedars-Sinai both placed among the Top 10, according to a U.S. News and World Report assessment released Aug. 14.

The annual U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2018-2019” ratings listed UCLA Health hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica ranked No. 1 in Los Angeles, No. 2 in California and No. 7 in the nation.

“UCLA Health is proud to once again be recognized for comprehensive excellence in patient care,” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and chief executive of the UCLA Hospital System, in a statement.

UCLA received Top 10 rankings in 11 specialties, including geriatrics (No. 4), nephrology (No. 5), and ophthalmology at the UCLA Jules Stein and Doheny Eye Institutes.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was also placed on the U.S. News Honor Roll as one of the 10 best hospitals in the country.

The Beverly Grove medical center ranked No. 8 in a select group of 20 Honor Roll hospitals and also had 12 medical specialties ranked nationally in the magazine’s latest hospitals rankings. Two of those specialties – cardiology and heart surgery, and gastroenterology and GI surgery – both ranked No. 3.

“At Cedars-Sinai, we strive to strengthen our community by delivering the highest quality patient care, advancing the frontiers of medical research and striving to enhance the health of those we serve,” said Thomas M. Priselac, its chief executive.

The U.S. News hospital rankings are based on various care-related measures at 4,500 hospitals across the U.S., including patient outcomes, patient safety, technology and reputation, risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates and quality of nursing.

At the top of this year's honor roll is the Mayo Clinic of Minnesota, followed by Cleveland Clinic of Ohio and Johns Hopkins Hospital of Maryland. UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco took No. 6

Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, was ranked among the top 50 nationwide in nine specialties and among the top three in metro Los Angeles and the top seven in California.

Its highest ranked specialty was urology, at No. 9. Its cancer care was rated No. 17, making it the highest-ranked cancer specialty in Southern California.

“This year’s U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings reflect Keck Medicine of USC’s steady ascension to being one of the top academic medical centers in the country,” says Tom Jackiewicz, chief executive of Keck Medicine of USC, in a statement.

The magazine also named Adventist Health Glendale among the best in the region, at No. 15 in the Los Angeles metro area and No. 28 in California. It also performed excellent in three specialty care rankings, including orthopedics, neurology/neurosurgery and geriatrics.

Eight Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals were also named among the region’s top hospitals, half of them in Los Angeles County. They include Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance at No. 13, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank at No. 16, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica tied for No. 18, and Providence Tarzana Medical Center tied for No. 21.

“Southern California has some of the nation’s top hospitals and to stand among them is an incredible honor,” said Erik G. Wexler, chief executive of Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California. “We learn from one another and share our best practices and our expertise with the goal of providing the highest quality care in the communities we serve.”

Four hospitals run by Kaiser Permanente Southern California were ranked among the top 50 hospitals in California and the U.S., while all 12 Kaiser hospitals across the region were ranked high performing, the highest rating possible, in one of 25 specialties.

Its Los Angeles Medical Center was ranked No. 42 in the nation for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, while Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Downey, South Bay and Woodland Hills each ranked among the top 50 for overall care in California.

“Quality is an intrinsic part of who we are at Kaiser Permanente, and we pride ourselves on it,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, in a statement. “We’re grateful for the people across this organization whose commitment to our mission of providing quality care made this possible.”

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