Long Beach Memorial Among Top 3% of Hospitals in Nation

Each year, U.S. News and World Report assesses more than 5,000 hospitals across the nation in order to rank what they believe to be the best and for the 20th time, Long Beach Memorial sits among the top 3% of the nation’s hospitals for its 2014-15 rankings.

LBMemorialJoining 144 other hospitals in the top 3% recognition, Long Beach Memorial was also ranked 37th in the nation for their Diabetes and Endocrinology program in addition to being marked as “high performing” in ten other categories: Cancer; Ear, Nose and Throat; Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Nephrology; Neurology and Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonary; and Urology.

The only clinical category it failed to claim “high performance” in was Cardiology and Heart Surgery.

“We are honored to be part of this prestigious America’s Best Hospitals list, and that year after year our different specialties consistently achieve these high standards of excellence,” saID Diana Hendel, PharmD, CEO of Long Beach Memorial, in a statement. “Since we opened in 1907, our mission has remained unchanged: to ensure the communities we serve have access to the best, most compassionate care possible while exceeding our patient expectations. This wonderful accomplishment is another testament to our remarkable 6,000 employees, 2,500 physicians and hundreds of volunteers who provide exceptional care at our hospitals, outpatient facilities and in schools, businesses and patient homes.”

The 2014-15 Honor Roll, the publication’s top hospitals which have very high scores in at least six specialities, had 17 hospitals make the list.

For the first time, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota was ranked as the best hospital in the nation. Massachusetts General Hospital sat at #2, ahead of John Hopkins who lost its 21-year first-place reign in 2012.

For the full list of rankings, click here.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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