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UCLA Medical Center, with hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica, tied for third place Tuesday on U.S. News and World Report’s 2015- 2016 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, moving up from fifth place last year.

The hospitals tied with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for third on the list, behind Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mayo Clinic.

The Honor Roll highlights 15 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 nationwide for their expertise in treating the most challenging patients in at least six medical specialties.

“We are truly honored to be recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country,” said Dr. James Atkinson, the interim associate vice chancellor and president of UCLA Hospital System. “Our ongoing commitment is to deliver the highest-quality medical care available in a compassionate environment where patients and their families are treated with dignity and respect.”

UCLA ranked highly in 15 of the 16 specialties judged for the report.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care. To be included on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll, a medical center must rank high in at least six of the 16 specialties in which U.S. News ranks hospitals, according to the magazine.

“Fewer than 150 hospitals, less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 we evaluated, were nationally ranked in even one specialty, let alone six,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News.

“Ranking among the ‘best of the best’ is a reflection of the dedication of the people in our entire UCLA health organization,” UCLA Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Dr. John Mazziotta said. “Every member of our team should be commended for putting patients first and helping to earn this distinction.”

—City News Service 

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