Keck Medicine of USC has been recognized as being among the top hospitals in the nation for a record number of specialties by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals. The rankings, which consider overall patient care as well as specialized treatment areas, also rate hospitals based on common adult procedures and conditions. For 2021-22, Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, was ranked among the top 50 in the country in 12 specialties, as well as the top three hospitals in metro Los Angeles and top five hospitals in California.
“Keck Medicine of USC continues to be among the best places in the country to get exceptional, research-driven care. This year’s rankings recognize our highly skilled physicians, pioneering researchers and committed staff across multiple specialty areas,” said Rod Hanners, interim CEO of Keck Medicine of USC. “We are very proud of the expertise and dedication of every member of our health system and thankful to our patients for trusting us with their care, year after year.”
At No. 10, urology was the medical center’s highest-ranked specialty, followed closely by geriatrics (No. 11), gastroenterology and GI surgery (No. 12), ophthalmology (No. 13) and cardiology and heart surgery (No. 14).
Seven other service lines — cancer (No. 20), pulmonology and lung surgery (No. 21), gynecology (No. 25), orthopaedics (No. 34), otolaryngology, or ear, nose and throat (No. 35), neurology and neurosurgery (No. 36) and diabetes and endocrinology (No. 48) — also placed in the nation’s top 50.
Keck Medical Center also was rated High Performing, the highest rating possible, in 14 common adult procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, back surgery (spinal fusion), colon cancer surgery, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, kidney failure, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, pneumonia, stroke and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
For this year’s rankings, U.S. News evaluated nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide. In the 15 specialty areas, only 175 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. The methodology for the rankings included several care-related indicators, including risk-adjusted mortality, volume, patient safety and quality of nursing care. Best Hospital rankings are produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a research firm based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The 2021–22 Best Hospitals rankings are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.