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UC hospitals are top ranked, collaborate for savings

The University of California’s medical centers were in the headlines last week, with reports that UC’s five hospitals have once again been top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report. According to a separate report made to the UC Regents at its July meeting, collaborations among the medical centers have saved more than $1 billion on drugs and supplies.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey, UC again has the West’s top two hospitals, and all five of its medical centers rank among the nation’s best hospitals,

For the 2011-12 America’s Best Hospital survey, U.S. News evaluated about 5,000 hospitals nationwide in 16 specialties, reviewing patient safety, reputation and other factors. Just 140 ranked nationally in even one specialty and only 17 entered the honor roll by scoring high in six or more specialties.

Find the full story on the UC Newsroom website.

In other news, UC medical centers have saved more than $1 billion in purchasing medical supplies and prescription drugs since 2008. By collaborating, UC has maximized its buying power and participated in government purchasing programs that come as a result of its public service commitment.

Regents praised UC Health officials at their recent meeting last week for working together to create savings. For the full story, go to the UC Health website.

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