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UCLA Medical Center, with hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica, ranked fifth in the nation Tuesday on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll, a slight drop from last year when it tied for third.

The Mayo Clinic topped the list, followed by the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

The Honor Roll highlights 20 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 nationwide for their expertise in treating the most challenging patients in at least six medical specialties.

“By any measure, UCLA Health delivers the highest quality care available,” said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health. “We are honored to be recognized for long-standing excellence in care, provided by our team with commitment and compassion to patients from not only Los Angeles but around the world.”

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center placed 17th on the list.

UCLA was rated the top hospital in California and the Los Angeles metro area, earning national rankings in 15 adult and 10 children’s specialties. Its geriatrics program ranked second nationally, while its urology program was rated third and its ophthalmology program was fifth.

For the Los Angeles area, UCLA and Cedars-Sinai topped the list of best hospitals, followed by Keck Medical Center of USC, Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, UC Irvine Medical Center, Hoag Memorial Presbyterian in Newport Beach and St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and St. Joseph Hospital in Orange finished in a three-way tie for eighth-best hospital in the area.

—City News Service

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