photograph U.S. News and World Report America's Best Hospital badge for 2006

UC Davis Medical Center again ranks among the top 50 hospitals in America, according to the annual survey published this week by U.S. News & World Report.

Out of more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide evaluated, only 176 scored high enough to be ranked in one of the 16 medical specialties included in the 2006 survey.

This year, UC Davis Medical Center ranked 28th for ear, nose and throat, 29th for endocrinology, 37th for kidney disease, and 46th for gynecology.

Of the top 50 hospitals in the country, UC Davis Medical Center had the highest nurse-to-patient ratio — 3.1 registered nurses per patient bed. Only four other hospitals on the entire list had coverage of 2.5 nurses per patient bed or higher.

UC Davis Medical Center also earned a perfect score in the U.S. News rankings for "key technology-related services," such as magnetic resonance imaging, bone marrow transplantation and interventional cardiac catheterization, which are important for diagnosis and quality treatment.

photograph of doctor with patient

This marks the 14th year that UC Davis Medical Center has been listed among “America's Best Hospitals.” Each year U.S. News & World Report evaluates hospitals and medical centers in specialties ranging from cancer and heart disease to pediatrics and kidney disease. This year, the publication assessed 5,189 hospitals and used care-related quality measures such as patient mortality and volume, nursing, and patient services to compare and rank each medical facility.

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.

“Best Hospitals 2006” is posted on the U.S. News and World Report Web site.