Dear Colleagues,

This morning, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of best hospitals in the United States. I am very pleased to share the results: UCSF Medical Center is the fifth best hospital in the nation, the best hospital in California and the best hospital in the West.

Further, of the 16 specialties that U.S. News evaluates, UCSF ranks in the top 25 for 15 specialties and in the top ten for 13. The entire rankings can be viewed here.

While we acknowledge that all ranking systems are imperfect and can change from year to year, I truly believe that these scores accurately reflect the intense work that has taken place at UCSF over the past several years. That work includes an unrelenting focus on quality and safety, increasing access, investing in our people, lowering costs and improving our patients’ experience.

But more than anything else, these scores placing UCSF Medical Center among the top handful of hospitals in the United States reflect the quality of our faculty physicians. Their scientific innovation and creativity coupled with the exceptional care they provide to every patient, 24/7, drive our national and international standing.

Credit for the quality of UCSF’s faculty is shared by many, but it starts at the top, with Chancellor (and former School of Medicine Dean) Sam Hawgood and current Dean Talmadge King. They have jointly recruited and supported a stellar group of clinical and basic science department chairs, each of whom has recruited division chiefs and faculty whose impact advances these rankings directly or indirectly. Please take time to acknowledge our amazing School of Medicine leadership, especially our department chairs, division chiefs and faculty.

Of course, it takes a village to be ranked this highly. Our nursing staff, now going through Magnet status reaccreditation, is without peer, and our clinical and support staff are superb. Our UCSF house staff, comprised of the most outstanding graduates from medical schools across the country, are essential to UCSF Health’s success.

You have seen UCSF Health’s brand – “Redefining Possible” – which means that everyone here is committed to redefining what is possible for patients, families, communities, and the world. This exceptional organization is driven by the pervasive passion to prevent disease or diagnose it early, treat it definitively and efficiently, and manage it effectively. What inspires all of us in the UCSF community isn’t our ranking but the profound desire to serve others, especially those who put their lives and well-being in our hands every day.

But rankings are a nice recognition as well, and we gladly accept and acknowledge the U.S. News ranking of UCSF Medical Center!

Congratulations, and thank you for your service to UCSF and the patients we are privileged to serve.

Sincerely,

Mark R. Laret
President and CEO
UCSF Health