LLUMC again tops report on local hospitals
Magazine notes its 10 specialties
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/19/2011 08:06:01 PM PDT

Loma Linda University Medical Center has been ranked No. 1 again, for the San Bernardino and Riverside county region, on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals list for metro areas.

In the report, released Tuesday for 2011-12, LLUMC received the region’s highest honor in recognition of the hospital’s 10 specialties – up from seven in the 2010-11 survey, which was released in late March.

The March rankings were the first time the magazine ranked regional hospitals.

The list is aimed primarily at consumers whose medical care may not demand the expertise found only at nationally ranked facilities. It’s also aimed at people who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care, the magazine said.

On a separate list, which was also released Tuesday, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was No. 1 for the 21st year. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was second, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was third, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio was fourth and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles was No. 5.

UC San Francisco Medical Center was seventh.

In holding onto its first place position in the Inland Empire, LLUMC increased its number of high-performance specialties to 10, up from seven. They were: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; gynecology; nephrology; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.

“We are excited and humbled at the same time,” said Zareh Sarrafin, the chief operating officer for Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Sarrafin said the positive recognition for the area could help with the recruitment of doctors into the region.

“It is great to get the recognition for the hard work and sacrifice,” said Sarrafin, who is also the administrator of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

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