Rancho Mirage has been often been referred to as the Playground of the Presidents. If you take that one step further, Eisenhower Medical Center, is often referred to as the hospital for presidents. It was the choice of hospitals for former President Gerald R. Ford.

There is a reason for that. It offers some of the best medical care in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report. Eisenhower Medical Center is in the same company as some of the most prestigious hospitals in the country, including the Mayo Clinic.

For the second consecutive year, Eisenhower Medical Center ranks No. 1 in the Riverside Metro Area and No. 16 in California (up five spots from last year). U.S. News recognized 504 Best Regional Hospitals in states and metro areas.

U.S. News & World Report released its 27th annual Best Hospitals rankings to help patients make more informed health care decisions. U.S. News compared nearly 5,000 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

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“We strive to provide patients with the highest-quality information on hospitals available,” Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said in a news release. “Driving for broader transparency and evaluating hospitals in a comprehensive, fair way reflects that mission.”

Hospitals are rated as high performing, average or below average for each procedure or condition, and there is no overall assessment across the group. The analysis includes a mix of risk-adjusted data on readmission rates, mortality and other outcomes, the occurrence of common types of health care-acquired infections, federally mandated patient satisfaction surveys and selected hospital survey measures.

Eisenhower Medical Center was rated high performing in nine types of care — the highest number of specialty recognitions earned by a hospital in the Inland Empire. Eisenhower is one of only 48 hospitals in the country, barely one percent of hospitals evaluated, that was high performing in all nine areas of care. Those high-performing specialties include:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Lung Cancer Surgery

Eisenhower was additionally ranked in Geriatrics.

“To be recognized as the No. 1 hospital in the Riverside Metro area by “U.S. News and World Report” two years in a row is an incredible honor,” Martin Massiello, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Eisenhower Medical Center, said in a news release. “Eisenhower is the only Coachella Valley hospital ranked both in the Inland Empire and in California; this recognition underscores the hard work and dedication of Eisenhower’s physicians, nurses and staff who take extraordinary care of our patients each and every day.”