Annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings place Keck Medical Center of USC in top 10 in California, with five top 50 specialty rankings.

For the ninth year in a row, Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) hospitals have been named among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings recognize hospitals in the United States that provide the best overall patient care as well as specialized treatment in areas such as urology and orthopedics. Only three percent of hospitals analyzed by the magazine receive this distinction.

Keck Medical Center of USC, which consists of Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, was ranked among the best hospitals in both Metro Los Angeles (No. 5) and California (No. 10). The medical center has been highly ranked since the university purchased it in 2009.

“Keck Medicine of USC is delighted to maintain our rankings among the best hospitals locally, regionally and nationally,” said Thomas E. Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC. “Every member of our medical and support staff strives to provide world-class patient care each day, and we are honored to be recognized for these efforts.”

The medical center also performed well in a number of specialty rankings, securing a Top 50 placement in five specialties. The USC Roski Eye Institute remained the institution’s top-performing service line for the 24th consecutive year (No. 11), while USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center received its highest-ever ranking (No. 15). Keck Medical Center was again ranked among the Top 25 for orthopedics (No. 24), and the Top 50 for geriatrics (No. 27) and urology (No. 29).

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, Keck Medicine of USC was one of only 146 hospitals (just over 3 percent) that were ranked in at least one specialty.

In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals using criteria such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators. Best Hospital rankings are produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a top research firm based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

The rankings are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2018 guidebook, available on newsstands in late August.