UC Davis Medical Center ranks as the top hospital in Sacramento with nine high-performing medical specialties, according to the new "Best Hospitals metro area rankings" published today by U.S. News & World Report.
Of all 19 hospitals in the Sacramento metropolitan area, which includes Arden-Arcade and Roseville, U.S. News ranked the medical center and three other hospitals in the capital region for their high-performing specialties. The publication recognized UC Davis Medical Center in the following nine areas: cancer; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; pulmonary; rehabilitation; and urology.
The other Sacramento-area health systems listed included Sutter Medical Center with four specialties, Mercy General with two specialties and Mercy San Juan with one high-performing specialty.
"The results of this new survey reflect the good work and dedication of our hospital's health-care teams," said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer at UC Davis Medical Center. "The rankings are one of several ways we assess our continuous effort to provide the very best in patient care and health outcomes."
The new localized rankings include hospitals in all 52 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, using the same data collected for U.S. News' national 2010-11 Best Hospitals survey. UC Davis was the only local hospital to rank among the nation's top 50 hospitals for its excellence in orthopaedics and cancer.
The annual Best Hospitals survey examines nearly 5,000 hospitals around the country, analyzing data and criteria that include death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, nurse staffing, reputation and availability of medical technology. Patient-satisfaction data included on the U.S. News & World Report website indicates that 73 percent of patients would definitely recommend UC Davis Medical Center to a friend or family member, which is higher than state and national averages.