Sunday, August 2, 2020

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Far West

From the most recent (20-21) U.S. News & World Report rankings of American hospitals, only 134 hospitals, out of almost 5,000 in the U.S., earned national recognition in at least one of 16 adult specialties studied in the survey.  Among the top 20 highest ranking hospitals in the entire country, five are teaching hospitals from the Far West.  Tying for 4th overall nationally was UCLA Medical Center with national recognition in 15 of 16 adult specialties, including top 10 rankings in an impressive 13 of those specialties.  Cedars Sinai Hospital and UCSF Medical Center also earned overall top 10 distinction nationally, while Stanford Hospital and Keck Hospital at USC earned spots in the top 20 highest ranking hospitals overall.  All five of these highly ranked teaching hospitals in the Far West were nationally recognized in at least 11 of the 16 adult specialties surveyed and, in a testament to the overall quality of these institutions, all five had at least 7 specialties that earned top 20 national distinction:

5 Best Teaching Hospitals in the Far West
Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals

UCLA Medical Center
Location:  Los Angeles
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  15 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  14
#3 in Geriatrics
#3 in Nephrology
#4 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
#5 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#5 in Ophthalmology
#5 in Pulmonology
#7 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#7 in Orthopedics
#7 in Psychiatry
#8 in Ear, Nose & Throat
#8 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#8 in Urology
#9 in Rheumatology
#13 in Cancer
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (4th)

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Location:  Los Angeles 
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  12 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  11
#2 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#3 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#3 in Orthopedics 
#3 in Pulmonology
#7 in Cancer
#7 in Gynecology
#9 in Nephrology
#10 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#11 in Geriatrics
#11 in Urology
#13 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (7th)

UCSF Medical Center
Location:  San Francisco
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  15 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  13
#2 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#3 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
#7 in Rheumatology
#7 in Urology
#8 in Geriatrics
#8 in Nephrology
#8 in Psychiatry
#9 in Ophthalmology
#9 in Pulmonology
#10 in Cancer
#14 in Ear, Nose & Throat
#15 in Orthopedics 
#17 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (8th)

Stanford Hospital
Location:  Stanford, CA
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  12 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  8
#9 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#11 in Gynecology
#11 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#12 in Orthopedics 
#14 in Nephrology
#15 in Ear, Nose & Throat
#16 in Geriatrics
#18 in Pulmonology
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (13th)


Keck Hospital of USC
Location:  Los Angeles
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  11 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 20 Nationally:  7
#7 in Geriatrics
#9 in Urology
#12 in Ophthalmology
#12 in Pulmonology
#15 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#15 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#19 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
Top 20 Overall Ranking Nationally:  Yes (18th)

To find other teaching hospitals in the Far West and elsewhere, visit our U.S. Teaching Hospitals resource page.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Public Health: State Departments of Aging

State-operated Departments' of Aging are tasked with promoting the independence and well-being of older adults and their family members who are involved with vital senior caregiving roles.  In most states, these agencies also serve adults with disabilities and their families, too.  Departments of Aging carry out their mission by creating access for seniors and disabled adults to information and services, building opportunities for community involvement, and supporting family members providing care to seniors and disabled adults.  These Aging agencies also collaborate with many other State and local agencies (and other entities) on matters of import to seniors and adults with disabilities, including transportation, housing and accessibility, emergency preparedness, health and wellness, diet and nutrition, fall and injury prevention, fraud and abuse of the elderly, and many other issues.  Find the Department of Aging in your state by using our convenient resource page.


State Agencies on Aging | Health Guide USA

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The National Library of Medicine, our trusted link for June 2020

Using the Resources of the National Library of Medicine

Part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine is the world's largest library for medical and biological information. Started in 1836 as a small collection of journals and books in the U.S. Army Surgeon General's office, it is now housed in two buildings in Bethesda, MD. The heart of the collection is NOT in the buildings, but in its massive free online databases. The mission of NLM is to make as much biomedical data as widely available as possible in order to drive better health outcomes. 

NLM resources are separately designed to serve the needs of medical professionals, researchers, product developers, librarians, educators and the general public. 

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