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UCSF Medical Center and Children's Hospital Make U.S. News America's Best Hospitals List

By Carol Hyman, UCSF News Services | July 7, 2006

UCSF Medical Center and Children's Hospital Make U.S. News "America's Best Hospitals" List

UCSF Medical Center has risen to No. 9 among "America's Best Hospitals," and UCSF Children's Hospital has been recognized as one of the highest quality pediatric facilities in California and No. 19 in the United States.

In its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue, U.S. News & World Report reviewed more than 6,000 hospitals, to produce a list of fewer than 200 leaders in health care.

Results of the U.S. News 17th annual survey appear in the upcoming July 17 issue of the magazine and on the web at

"The mission, unchanged over 17 years," according to U.S. News, "has been to identify centers that take on and excel at tough procedures and conditions--rare cancers, worsening heart failure, seemingly untreatable leg-artery blockages. That is why most of the institutions ranked are referral centers, where the sickest patients are sent for advanced care. Such hospitals follow--and often pioneer--new treatment guidelines. They conduct bench-to-bedside research. And they exploit the latest advances in imaging, surgical devices, and other technologies."

"More than 6,000 physicians, nurses and staff at UCSF Medical Center are driven each day to provide the highest quality, most compassionate and patient-centered care to tens of thousands of patients who entrust their health and lives to us each year," said UCSF Medical Center CEO Mark Laret. "It is gratifying to have our service and expertise recognized in this way."

"Patients from all over the country, and even from other parts of the world, come to UCSF because they know the physicians and researchers here are part of a distinctive team who define 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 this stellar UCSF team.

"This survey distinguishes America's university hospitals and referral centers as the top tier in our national healthcare system, providing the most complex care to the sickest patients," he added. "These are the centers where the next generation of physicians are trained, and where medical research is being translated into patient care."

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

--- In a UCSF study, sipuleucel-T, a therapeutic prostate cancer vaccine tested through a series of clinical trials, has been found to delay disease progression and prolong survival in patients with asymptomatic metastatic hormone refractory prostate cancer (HRPC). According to UCSF urologists, this represents the first time that immunotherapy has provided a survival advantage in prostate cancer.

--- Building on its foundation as a leading site for pediatric brain tumor research and care, UCSF has established a Pediatric Brain Tumor Institute devoted to understanding and developing new treatments for childhood brain tumors. The Institute's research will focus on the biology of pediatric brain tumors, which is not as well understood as that of brain tumors in adults, to provide new treatments for children with brain tumors by using innovative, biologically based strategies.

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