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Consumers rate UC Davis Medical Center among nation's best — again

Survey: Hospital tops in region for overall quality and image

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Sacramento-area residents have named UC Davis Medical Center best in quality and image for the 10th consecutive year.

For the 10th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center appears on a list of the nation’s top hospitals compiled by a major health-care industry survey research firm.

UC Davis Medical Center earned the “Consumer Choice Award” from National Research Corporation as the Sacramento region’s top and most-preferred hospital in overall quality and image.

The distinction is based on National Research Corporation’s annual nationwide Healthcare Market Guide survey, which surveys consumers in more than 200,000 households representing more than 400,000 U.S. consumers.

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The study uses Internet-based questionnaires to gauge consumer perceptions about multiple quality and image ratings, such as best overall quality, best doctors and nurses, most personalized care, and best individual specialty services such as cancer and heart care.

Winning facilities rank highest in their Metropolitan Statistical Areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. UC Davis Medical Center is located in the Sacramento-Arden-Arcade MSA.

According to NRC, the Healthcare Market Guide survey is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive consumer assessment of the health-care industry. The study has a margin of error of plus or minus .2 percent at a national level.

“Consumer Choice award winners exemplify the dedication it takes to provide quality health care to their communities. We are pleased to honor them through the eyes of their patients.”
— Ginny Martin, president of NRC’s Healthcare Market Guide division

“Consumer Choice award winners exemplify the dedication it takes to provide quality health care to their communities,” said Ginny Martin, president of NRC’s Healthcare Market Guide division. “We are pleased to honor them through the eyes of their patients.”

patientThis is the National Research Corporation’s 13th year awarding hospitals whose consumers have recognized them for providing quality health-care services, and UC Davis Medical Center’s 10th award. 

UC Davis Medical Center also made a repeat appearance this year on a national news magazine’s list of America’s top hospitals, while UC Davis School of Medicine made the magazine’s list of top graduate schools. Last year, 108 UC Davis Health System physicians were identified among America’s top doctors by Best Doctors, Inc., an organization that bases its selections on surveys of other physicians.

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 academic medical centers.