MemorialCare Health System’s Long Beach Memorial Medical Center has been ranked among the top 8 hospitals in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever "Best Hospitals" metro area rankings, available online at usnews.com/hospitals.
The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified by U.S. News as among the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.
“We are honored to be recognized among the best hospitals in Los Angeles,” says Diana Hendel, CEO Long Beach Memorial. "This is a wonderful tribute to our entire health care team. Their continuing high level commitment to our MemorialCare mission is the reason we are able to consistently offer our community extraordinary, high quality patient care.”
U.S. News ranked hospitals within all of the 52 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, using existing data from the 2010–11 "Best Hospitals" rankings.
The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of health care consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked best hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News–ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at the highest performing hospitals.
To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.
"All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures," says U.S. News health rankings editor Avery Comarow. "The new 'Best Hospitals' metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area."
For the full list of metro area rankings visit http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings.