For the seventh consecutive year, the hospitals of Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) have been named among the best in the country for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings recognize hospitals in the United States that do the best job treating the most challenging cases.

Keck Medical Center of USC, which consists of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, maintained its Top 10 ranking on the list of Best Hospitals in metro Los Angeles (No. 3) and in California (No. 9), while the USC Eye Institute once again ranked among the Top 10 ophthalmology programs in the United States (No. 9). The magazine has ranked USC among the country’s Top 10 ophthalmology programs for 21 years, while its hospitals have been included in the rankings since 2009, when the university purchased them.

“Keck Medicine of USC is proud to be included in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the country’s best hospitals and clinical programs for the seventh year in a row,” said Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO of Keck Medicine of USC. “This honor is true testament to the skill and compassion demonstrated by our faculty physicians, nurses and staff, and it’s gratifying to see their work recognized.”

Keck Medical Center of USC also maintained its Top 50 specialty ranking for cancer care (No. 26), urology (No. 31) and geriatrics (No. 38) and was ranked “high performing” in nephrology and orthopedics.

For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used the same data to produce the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are available at and will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2016 guidebook, available on newsstands in August.

By Alison Trinidad