Keck Medicine leads as Southern California’s highest-ranked cancer care provider, with cancer mortality rates that are the second-lowest in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” report

LOS ANGELES – Keck Medicine of USC has been named one of the country’s best cancer care providers, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018–2019 Best Hospitals rankings. Coming in at No. 17 nationwide for cancer care, Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes USC Norris Cancer Hospital and Keck Hospital of USC, was the highest-ranked cancer provider in Southern California. Keck Medical Center also outperformed nearly all U.S. hospitals in 30-day cancer mortality, with the second-lowest cancer mortality rate nationwide and the lowest in California. Cancer care at the medical center is provided by USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center physicians and scientists.

“USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center offers personalized, precision care that incorporates the most current research-based treatments,” says Tom Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC. “We are extremely proud of our Best Hospitals cancer specialty ranking and of the innovative care our dedicated cancer teams provide our patients every day.”

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the eight original comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. For more than 40 years, the cancer center has led the way in cancer research and treatment, including new methods of prevention, detection and therapy. USC Norris is also bringing world-class care and clinical trials to neighboring communities at Keck Medicine ambulatory clinics throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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U.S. News’ annual Best Hospitals rankings are based on several care-related indicators, including risk-adjusted mortality, volume, patient safety and quality of nursing care. For the 2018–2019 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide. Only 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one of 16 specialties. This year, Keck Medical Center of USC was ranked No. 9 in the country for urology and among the top 20 in three additional specialties and the top 50 in five others.

This year’s rankings can be accessed at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the forthcoming U.S. News Best Hospitals 2019 guidebook.