Among the nation's best hospitals
UC Davis Medical Center makes 16th straight appearance on U.S. News & World Report list
For the 16th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked UC Davis Medical Center among the nation's top 50 hospitals in its annual survey of more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide.
Each year, U.S. News & World Report evaluates hospitals and medical centers in specialties ranging from cancer and heart disease to respiratory disorders and urology. To compare and rank each medical facility, the publication used results from a survey of physician specialists, number of Medicare patients seen, and care-related quality measures such as patient volume, availability of nurses, advanced technology and credentialing by professional organizations. This year, UC Davis Medical Center ranked 40th in orthopaedics. The survey results were published online on July 10. The magazine appeared on newsstands last week.
The magazine noted that its goal for the annual list is to identify "centers that take on and excel at tough procedures and conditions" — institutions where the sickest patients are sent for advanced care and in which new treatment guidelines are used and often pioneered. These top hospitals, the magazine added, also conduct bench-to-bedside research to advance patient care and utilize the latest advances in imaging, surgical devices and other technologies.
UC Davis Medical Center has consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the magazine's survey for every year it has been evaluated. UC Davis Medical Center is the leading referral center in the region for the most seriously injured or ill patients and the most medically complex cases, covering 33 counties, more than 65,000 square miles and 6 million residents.
It operates inland Northern California's only Level 1 trauma center, with comprehensive adult and pediatric emergency departments. The center has been instrumental in keeping Sacramento County's preventable death rate at or below 1 percent, which is less than half the national average. Studies show patients with specific critical injuries have better survival rates and functional outcomes at Level 1 trauma centers and academical medical centers.