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. 

The Library also provides grants in biomedical informatics, data science, and public health, as well as support for educational institutions. 

You can keep up with the Library by subscribing to

Check out the latest news from NLM

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Public Health: State Immunization Programs

Every state and the District of Columbia operate an immunization program.  The mission of these state-operated immunization programs is to mitigate disease, disability, and death caused by vaccine-preventable diseases in infants, children, adolescents, and adults.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are more than a dozen dangerous or deadly diseases whose threat to the public can be mitigated through vaccines.  These state-operated programs accomplish their mission through surveillance, case investigation and control, the monitoring of immunization levels in their communities, the provision of vaccines to the public, and the education of healthcare professionals and the general public about the threat posed by vaccine-preventable diseases.  To find state-operated immunization programs, check out our resource page:

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Protecting the Public: State Medical Boards

Physicians and surgeons must be licensed in the states in which they practice.  In most states, regulatory oversight is provided by a State Medical Board or the equivalent.  These regulatory bodies are responsible for protecting the health and safety of the public by determining licensure qualifications for new physicians and surgeons, establishing standards for practitioners to follow in order to maintain their license in good standing, and disciplining licensees who do not adhere to those requirements. In addition to physicians and surgeons, in a number of states the Medical Board, or its equivalent, provide regulatory oversight of physician assistants and various other types of healthcare professions.  To find the Medical Boards, or the equivalent, that oversees physician and surgeon practitioners in each state. visit our resource guide:

Monday, July 20, 2020

Speech Language Pathologist License Lookup

Speech-language pathologists (sometimes known as speech therapists) are healthcare professionals involved in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. These disorders can result from a variety of causes, including stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate, or autism.  Licensing requirements for speech-language pathology practitioners vary from state to state. To find state-operated online tools that permit the public to confirm the license status of speech-language pathology practitioners, check out our resource page:

Speech Language Pathologist License Lookup

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Occupational Therapy License Lookup

Occupational therapists are healthcare professionals who treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. These therapies help patients develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills they need for daily life and work. Most states require that occupational therapy practitioners be licensed to practice within their borders. Licensing requirements for occupational therapy practitioners vary from state to state. To find state-operated online tools that permit the public to confirm the license status of occupational therapists and other OT professionals, check out our resource page:

Health Guide USA Occupational Therapy License Lookup

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cleveland Clinic, our trusted link for May 2020

Using the Cleveland Clinic as a Resource
The Cleveland Clinic has over 18 hospitals and 200+ outpatient clinics. It began in 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, but is now spreading around the world. It has always been a center for medical research and education as well. U.S. News has ranked them as the #1 hospital for cardiology and heart care for 25 straight years
Cleveland Clinic's online health library includes a section on Drugs, Devices and Supplements that answers in plain English questions such as
  • What is this medicine?
  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take it?
  • How should I use it?
  • What may interact with it?
  • What should I watch for?
  • What side effects might I notice?
  • Where should I keep it?
Their ConsultQD web site is a place for healthcare professionals to access Cleveland Clinic's latest research, innovations, and treatment advice. Recent articles covered inflammatory bowel disease treatments, using music to reduce patients' anxiety before operations, and better ways healthcare workers can help African Americans protect themselves from COVID-19.
Their mobile apps include Express Care Online, allowing anyone to see a doctor on their phone, tablet or computer. As a part of their commitment to stopping the spread of COVID-19, prepayment and co-pays are currently waived.
Cleveland Clinic Free Mobile Apps

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

NIH, Our Trusted Link for April 2020

The National Institutes of Health is the U.S. government agency which drives medical research to benefit public health. It consists of 27 institutes and centers, including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is run by Dr. Anthony Fauci. The latest updates on NIH research for COVID-19 are at
The U.S. Congress began funding medical research in the late 1870’s, searching for the causes of cholera and yellow fever. The NIH employs about 20,000 people including 6,000 scientific researchers. In addition to conducting research in its own labs, it funds outside research, educates scientists, and fosters communication among researchers.
The member institutes investigate cancer, aging, drug abuse, human genome research, and much more. The NIH Clinical Center is America's research hospital. 
Opportunities to participate:
Clinical research trials
⁃ Jobs
⁃ Events
Scientific interest groups
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Friday, April 3, 2020

Kaiser Family Foundation, our Trusted Link for March 2020

Using the Kaiser Family Foundation as a Resource

The mission of the Kaiser Family Foundation is to advise federal and state governments on healthcare policy. They produce non-partisan analysis on national health issues and distribute their knowledge freely. See their analysis of the 2020 Election and the Affordable Care Act. KFF does it own research on public opinions and helps news organizations figure out how to scale up the spread of reliable information about health.

Kaiser Health News is their editorially independent news service that distributes news briefs and in-depth features. Their topics include
KFN also conducts investigations and reports on the results such as "Pharma Cash to Congress" which tracks campaign contributions by drugmakers.
In their Data & Docs section, KFN allows people to search the data they've compiled and the documents they have obtained in their research.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

MDAnderson, our Trusted Link for February 2020 as a Resource

In addition to treating over a hundred thousand patients with cancer every year, MD Anderson Cancer Center invested $862 million in cancer research in 2018. Centered in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, but with a cancer care network that stretches around the world, MD Anderson employs more than 20,000 people. Every year, more than 7,000 healthcare professionals are educated at this University of Texas-owned institution. In their 2019 issue, U.S. News and World Report ranked MD Anderson as the nation's #1 cancer hospital.  
MD Anderson began as a hospital, and information for patients and their families dominates their site. But if you navigate to their Sitemap, you'll also find in-depth information on
Search a cancer topic at MD Anderson now.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

MedlinePlus, our Trusted Link for January 2020

Using MedlinePlus

The U. S. government-funded public service of the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus is designed to push as much information as possible from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to health professionals as well as the general public. Information is provided in multiple languages and in many formats, including videos, tutorials, and quizzes. You can subscribe to receive updates.

Free Searchable Information, updated daily, includes

  •     health topics including symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention
  •     health information specific to different types of people such as 
    • children, men and older adults
  •     drugs, herbs and supplements
  •     quizzes and calculators to evaluate a person's health
  •     animated video explainers
  •     a directory of directories to find 
    • hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers.

Healthcare professionals will also find

  •     resources for trainers and librarians
  •     webinars for using MedlinePlus more effectively
  •     MedlinePlus Connect 
    • for linking patient portals and electronic health records 
    • to consumer health information.
Go to MedlinePlus now.

Mayo Clinic, our Trusted Link for December 2019

The Mayo Clinic as a Resource

If you visit the web site for The Mayo Clinic, you may be prompted to schedule an appointment, but don't hesitate to click around and learn something. You can also subscribe to their first-rate health magazines, and you can order books on special health topics. But best of all, you can spend hours searching and learning about the leading edge of healthcare, for free.

Free Searchable Information
  •     symptoms
  •     diseases and conditions
  •     tests and procedures
  •     drugs and supplements
  •     healthy lifestyle
Publications You Can Buy
  •     Discovery's Edge Magazine
  •     Mayo Clinic Health Letter
  •     Numerous health books, including 
    • Home Remedies and 
    • Better Hearing and Balance
Plus, the Mayo Clinic licenses content you can share with customers of your own health practice.
Go to the Mayo Clinic web site now.