Los Angeles, CA
Consistently rated as the best hospital in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California has an international reputation for quality care. UCLA scientists and physicians are at the cutting edge of biomedical research, and are leaders in bringing the latest discoveries to the benefit of patients. Thousands of patients travel from other nations each year to seek care at UCLA Medical Center for advanced treatment capabilities and the services of UCLA's renowned faculty.
The more than 1,400 full-time faculty physicians are joined by 790 residents, interns and fellows as well as over 2,500 support staff in providing both primary and tertiary care. Since it opened in July of 1955, the 668-bed hospital has marked several milestones, including the first open-heart surgery in the western U.S. (1956), the first mother-to-daughter kidney transplant on the West Coast (1960), the development of techniques for nerve transplantation (1962), the first total shoulder replacement (1976), and the first totally implantable artificial heart on the West Coast (2001).
For nearly five decades, UCLA Medical Center has provided both routine and specialized care for millions of patients from the greater Los Angeles community as well as from around the world. It has been judged the best hospital in the Western United States for the last 21 years - and No. 5 in the nation - according to 2010 U.S. News & World Report.www.uclahealth.org