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NEWS | July 27, 2021

UC Davis Medical Center ranks as # 1 hospital in Sacramento, among the best in the U.S.

Hospital doubles its number of “high performing” procedures and conditions

(SACRAMENTO)

Today, U.S. News & World Report once again named UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's Best Hospitals. The publication also ranked the medical center as the #1 hospital in Sacramento for at least the 10th year in a row and among the top 10 in California.

UC Davis Medical Center is one of the nation's Best Hospitals and #1 in Sacramento UC Davis Medical Center is one of the nation's Best Hospitals and #1 in Sacramento

Nationally, UC Davis Medical Center is ranked in the top 50 for nine adult specialty services, including cancer, cardiology, gynecology and geriatrics. In addition, the hospital earned “high performing” designations for 12 common adult procedures and conditions— twice as many as last year.

“This ranking is only possible due to the outstanding expertise and compassion of our health care teams,” said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health. “Even with the challenges of the pandemic, our dedicated teams have continued to deliver, at great personal risk, the highest quality of subspecialty and emergency care in Northern California. While the award goes to the facility, the credit goes to the amazing job our 16,000 doctors, nurses and administrative and support personnel do every day for every patient we have the honor to treat.”

The hospital's rankings page appears on the U.S. News website. These national rankings complement the four nationally ranked pediatric specialty areas for the UC Davis Children’s Hospital announced by U.S. News last month.

U.S. News ranking for hospitals

U.S. News ranks hospitals and medical centers annually in a range of specialties, using results from a survey of physicians and care-related quality measures. Based on its annual survey of nearly 5000 hospitals nationwide, it assesses hospital performances in 16 specialties or specialty areas, from cancer to urology.

“While the award goes to the facility, the credit goes to the amazing job our 16,000 doctors, nurses and administrative and support personnel do every day for every patient we have the honor to treat.”

— David Lubarsky
CEO of UC Davis Health

Hospital rankings are determined by an extensive analysis of data including hospital volume, nurse staffing, a hospital’s ability to develop and sustain high-quality care, patient experience, and expert opinion surveys of board-certified physicians.

“UC Davis has been among the best hospitals in the nation in the magazine's survey every year it has been evaluated,” said Brad Simmons, chief administrator of UC Davis Medical Center and its children’s hospital. “I am so proud of our physicians, nurses and staff who are dedicated to providing excellent health care. These national rankings are a reflection of their constant hard work.”

High performance in common adult procedures and conditions

The annual “Best Hospitals” report provides valuable information for patients who need quality care for a surgery, challenging condition or other health problems.

In addition to ranking specialty services, U.S. News rated hospitals as “high performing,” “average,” or “below average” relative to other rated hospitals in treating patients 65 and older. In 2021, the hospital was rated as “high performing” in:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Acute kidney failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Lung cancer surgery
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

“Our hospital’s outstanding ratings are the result of many factors, including our world-class faculty physicians who provide expert and compassionate care while training the next generation of diverse physician leaders,” said Allison Brashear, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine.