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UCSF Medical Center & Children's Hospital Named to Best Hospitals List

By UCSF Today | July 8, 2005

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children's Hospital have been named to the honor roll in the new U.S. News & World Report's special issue on "America's Best Hospitals," with the Medical Center at 10 and the Children's Hospital at number 17.

In this annual survey, U.S. News reviewed more than 6,000 hospitals, paring down the list to fewer than 200 medical centers that could be considered "the best of the best."

Results of the U.S. News 16th annual survey appear in the upcoming July 18 issue of the magazine, and on the web.

According to U.S. News, the honor roll hospitals are " elite group. Just 176 hospitals scored high enough this year to rank in even a single specialty out of all 6,007 U.S. medical centers (excluding military and veterans' hospitals; the federal government will not provide the necessary data). And only 16 made the honor roll, reserved for medical centers ranked at or near the top in at least six specialties."

"We are pleased to once again be included on a list of the very best medical centers in the nation," said UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret. "Being the best takes a combination of cutting edge research, skilled surgeons and diagnosticians, and the finest, most compassionate nursing and support staff available, and UCSF has all of these qualities and so much more, including treatments, such as our innovative spine surgery, not available anywhere else in the world."

"Around the world, UCSF is known for its excellence," Laret continued. "This excellence has not only won us awards, but perhaps more important, it has won us the trust and respect of thousands who have been treated by our outstanding faculty and staff."

The U.S. News ranking comes during a time of several milestone developments for UCSF:

  • Recognizing UCSF Medical Center's exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes in stroke care, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) recently certified the hospital as a Primary Stroke Center. UCSF is the first hospital in San Francisco to receive this designation.

  • UCSF neurologists and neurosurgeons are conducting a gene therapy trial for patients suffering from Parkinson's Disease. In the procedure, brain cells are infused with a virus containing the DNA of a special enzyme. The goal of the trial is to have brain cells produce more of this enzyme which the brain uses to convert l-dopa to dopamine, which relieves symptoms of the disease. The first patient has been successfully treated, with several more patients scheduled in the near future.

  • Pioneers in fetal surgery, UCSF Children's Hospital has launched a comprehensive fetal surgery website. Parents-to-be can learn about prenatal diagnoses and treatments and get information from the foremost experts in this field.

  • The UCSF Cancer Risk Program has expanded its genetics services with a novel Medical Genomics Clinic, designed to serve families who have a family history of multiple malignancies and congenital anomalies. The recognition of a family with a cancer syndrome is important for several reasons, including the initiation of cancer surveillance, identification of relatives at increased cancer risk, and recurrence-risk counseling for the family.

  • UCSF Medical Center has embarked on an ambitious plan to build a cancer, women's and children's hospital alongside its research facilities at Mission Bay. This new hospital will be in addition to the facilities at its Parnassus campus.

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