City of Hope once again has been named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in two specialties by U.S.News & World Report. City of Hope ranked 22nd on this year’s list of top cancer hospitals and 23rd on the list for urology.
The cancer ranking is eight places higher than City of Hope's 2007 ranking, and the urology ranking is six places higher.
The institution is one of only seven centers in California, and the second-highest ranked in the Los Angeles area, to appear on the cancer list. It is one of only six hospitals in California, and one of only three in the Los Angeles area, to be ranked in urology.
“City of Hope’s recognition in U.S.News & World Report for both cancer and urology is a positive reflection on all of our faculty and staff,” said Michael A. Friedman, M.D., president and chief executive officer. “In addition to our focus on providing the very best patient care, we continually strive to rapidly transform our scientific discoveries into better treatments for those fighting cancer and other serious conditions.”
The institution is home to the state’s largest prostate cancer program, according to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, which contributes to its high rankings in urology. City of Hope is a recognized leader in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostate surgeries. Since 2003, City of Hope physicians have performed more robotic-assisted prostatectomies than any other center in the Western United States.
“It has always been important to us to assure that our patients receive the finest of care at City of Hope. We work together as a team to provide this level of care, involving physicians, nurses, scientists and a myriad of support personnel,” said Alexandra Levine, M.D., chief medical officer. “Our team approach to patient care enables us to apply the most advanced scientific methods to treat the disease, and to provide the important emotional, psychological and spiritual support to our patients and their families.”
U.S. News’ 2008 edition of “America’s Best Hospitals” features 170 medical centers selected from 5,453 hospitals nationwide in 16 specialty areas. U.S. News based its cancer hospital rankings on several criteria that include reputation among board-certified physicians, mortality rate, the number of Medicare patients discharged, the ratio of nurses to patients, National Cancer Institute and nurse magnet hospital designations, accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, the use of specific advanced technology, the availability of certain patient services and other factors. Urology rankings were based on similar criteria, including reputation, mortality rate, Medicare patient discharges, nursing ratio, nurse magnet hospital designation, presence of an on-site trauma center, the use of advanced technology, the availability of patient services and other factors.
Complete rankings of the top hospitals are available online at www.usnews.com and appear in the July 21 edition of U.S. News.