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UC Davis Medical Center routinely rates among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, which recognize medical centers that excel in treating patients with the most serious and challenging injuries and illnesses. UC Davis ranked among America’s top 50 in 10 adult medical specialties for 2016-17, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonology; and urology.
UC Davis Medical Center is also the top-ranking hospital in the Sacramento metro area, according the annual U.S. News survey's regional rankings. Regional rankings were published in metro areas with a population of 1 million or more in the 2010 Census, and in every state, provided that the state or metro area had at least two Best Regional Hospitals and that one hospital was either nationally ranked or had more than one "high performing" recognition. U.S. News also ranked UC Davis Medical Center as fifth in California.
U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis Children's Hospital among the nation's top children's hospitals in five specialties in June 2016. UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked 29th in orthopaedics and 20th in urology together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders. UC Davis also ranked 17th in neonatology, 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology and 45th in neurology and neurosurgery.
UC Davis Medical Center holds the nation’s highest form of recognition for nursing excellence, Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Only about 7 percent of U.S. hospitals carry the designation, which is valid for four years and a benchmark for the quality of care patients receive. UC Davis was the 25th organization in California and the only in Sacramento to earn Magnet status when awarded in 2014.
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only two such centers in Northern California that has earned National Cancer Institute (NCI) "comprehensive" designation — considered the world’s most prestigious honor in oncology and reserved for less than 1 percent of cancer centers nationwide. UC Davis is one of only 47 of the country’s 6,500-plus cancer centers to have earned the status, which signifies that it meets stringent criteria in the areas of research, education, and dissemination of advances to the communities it serves.
U.S. News & World Report also released ratings for common types of care with UC Davis Medical Center rated as a high performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); colon cancer surgery; heart failure, hip replacement; knee replacement; and lung cancer surgery. UC Davis was also designated as high performing in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery in the medical specialties rankings.
U.S. News & World Report repeatedly ranks UC Davis School of Medicine among the best in the country. In its annual list of America’s best medical schools for 2017, the magazine ranked the school 37th for primary care and 47th for research. U.S. News also ranked the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis as among the best in the country for master’s-degree nursing programs (tied for 58th) in its 2017 Best Graduate Schools listings.
In an annual survey by Best Doctors, Inc., more than 90 UC Davis physicians representing dozens of specialties earned praise and recognition from their peers for being considered among the nation’s best in 2014. Only five percent of doctors in America earn the honor. The Best Doctors in America® database contains more than U.S. 45,000 doctors, chosen through a peer-review survey that asks: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”
Becker’s Hospital Review named UC Davis Medical Center to its 2016 list of 100 Great Hospitals in America. The monthly industry publication conducted research and examined several reputable hospital ranking sources for its criteria, noting that hospitals like UC Davis Medical Center are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and serve as a research hub or as an anchor of wellness for their communities.
For the sixth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center was recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” for 2016 in the Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. The medical center earned top marks for meeting the foundation’s four core criteria for leadership excellence, which include non-discrimination policies for patients and employees, equal visitation for same-sex partners and parents, and training in LGBT patient-centered care.
For a fifth consecutive year, UC Davis Health was designated as one of the nation’s health leaders in information technology in the 2015 “Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study” published in Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The health system was one of 14 institutions in California designated "Most Wired" in this annual assessment, which examines how hospitals use information technology to address and enhance patient safety, quality of care, public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions.
All 18 UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics have been formally designated as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, an approach to primary care that uses a physician-led team to deliver coordinated, high-quality care aided by technology to connect team members and patients. The clinics received the three-year designation in July 2014 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). UC Davis was an early adopter in the region and received an award in 2010 for implementing a medical home model in a key family medicine clinic.
UC Davis MIND Institute studies regularly appear in an annual list of the nation's top autism research achievements as compiled by Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism advocacy and research organization. The internationally known neurodevelopmental institute has also achieved status as one of nine National Institutes of Health-supported Autism Centers of Excellence and as a federally designated Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
The American Pain Society selected the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine as a 2015 Clinical Center of Excellence — the highest recognition that a pain center can receive nationally. The award recognizes pain-care teams that provide exemplary care for those with chronic pain disorders and acute pain after surgery or trauma, as well for people in palliative care settings who face pain from cancer and other terminal conditions. UC Davis also earned the honor in 2010.