Keck Medicine of USC has been named one of the country’s best cancer care providers and among the best in eight other specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings. It’s the 10th consecutive year that Keck Medicine has made the magazine’s list.
This year, Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, was ranked among the top three in metropolitan Los Angeles and the top seven in California.
At No. 9, urology was the medical center’s highest-ranked specialty. Cancer was ranked No. 17, making it the highest-ranked cancer specialty in Southern California.
Seven service lines — ophthalmology (No. 12), geriatrics (No. 17), orthopedics (No. 22), neurology and neurosurgery (No. 26), gynecology (No. 35), nephrology (No. 35, in a three-way tie) and cardiology and heart surgery (No. 45) — also placed in the nation’s top 50.
This year’s U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings reflect Keck Medicine of USC’s steady ascension to being one of the top academic medical centers in the country.
“This year’s U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings reflect Keck Medicine of USC’s steady ascension to being one of the top academic medical centers in the country,” said Tom Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC. “Our world-class physicians, nurses, researchers and staff, who are deeply committed to delivering exceptional patient-centered care, are at the heart of our continuing success.”
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In addition to being the highest-ranked cancer provider in Southern California, Keck Medical Center also outperformed nearly all U.S. hospitals in 30-day cancer mortality, with the second-lowest cancer mortality rate nationwide and the lowest in California. Cancer care at the medical center is provided by USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center physicians and scientists.
“USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center offers personalized, precision care that incorporates the most current research-based treatments,” Jackiewicz said. “We are extremely proud of our Best Hospitals cancer specialty ranking and of the innovative care our dedicated cancer teams provide our patients every day.”
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the eight original comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. For more than 40 years, the center has led the way in cancer research and treatment, including new methods of prevention, detection and therapy. USC Norris is also bringing world-class care and clinical trials to neighboring communities at Keck Medicine ambulatory clinics throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.
U.S. News’ annual Best Hospitals rankings are based on several care-related indicators, including risk-adjusted mortality, volume, patient safety and quality of nursing care. For the 2018-19 rankings, the magazine evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide. Only 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one of 16 specialties.
This year’s rankings will appear in the upcoming U.S. News Best Hospitals 2019 guidebook.