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MemorialCare Hospitals Again Take Top Spots in Media Reader Survey


Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center again took the top two spots in the Best Hospital Category in Orange County Register’s “Best of Orange County” competition that annually asks readers to vote for their favorite Orange County services and places. MemorialCare Medical Group landed in the top two in the Medical-Dental Group Category. All are part of MemorialCare, a Southern California integrated health care delivery system and national leader, pioneer and innovator in best-practice, evidence-based medicine.


This is the first year Orange Coast Memorial in Fountain Valley ranked first, and fourth consecutive year it appeared among Orange County’s top three hospitals. Saddleback Memorial in Laguna Hills has gained the top spot in three of the last four years and this year ranked in the top two. In the first year of the Medical-Dental Group Category, MemorialCare Medical Group with more than 2,000 employed and affiliated physicians in Orange and Los Angeles counties ranked in the top two as did Edinger Medical Group located on Orange Coast’s campus and affiliated with MemorialCare Medical Foundation. The results of each category’s top three vote-getters are published in the Orange County Register’s annual Best of Orange County magazine.


“The entire MemorialCare family is proud of the tremendous achievements of our 16,000 extraordinary physicians, nurses and other clinicians, support staff, volunteers and donors at Saddleback Memorial, Orange Coast Memorial, MemorialCare Medical Group and throughout our entire health system in Orange and Los Angeles counties,” says Barry Arbuckle, PhD, President & CEO of the nonprofit MemorialCare with more than 200 care locations throughout the Southland. In addition to Saddleback Memorial, Orange Coast Memorial and MemorialCare Medical Group, MemorialCare includes Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Greater Newport Physicians, Seaside Health Plan, and numerous ambulatory surgery, imaging, kidney dialysis and urgent care centers.


“Our Orange County hospitals are honored to again be voted among the top two Best Hospitals,” says Orange Coast Memorial and Saddleback Memorial CEO Marcia Manker. “Everyone affiliated with MemorialCare works together to set a new standard of excellence for delivery of compassionate and innovative health care to our communities. Without our talented and selfless physicians, nurses, employees, volunteers and donors, this recognition would not be possible.”


Orange Coast Memorial, ranked a top Orange County Workplace for six consecutive years and is listed in several “high-performance” rankings in U.S. News & World Report. These include Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Colon Cancer Surgery. Orange Coast Memorial has been widely recognized for patient quality and safety by achieving an “A” grade in the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score, considered the gold standard measure for hospital quality and safety.


Saddleback Memorial is consistently named one of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals representing the top 1% of U.S. hospitals for three consecutive years and among the 100 Best for Cardiac and Pulmonary Care, Top in the Nation for Orthopedic Care and Healthgrades’ highest 5-Star ratings, including for Joint Replacements, Gastrointestinal Care and many more services. It was listed among Truven Health Analytics’ Top U.S. 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals and appeared on Becker’s Hospital Review and Thomson Reuters lists of America’s Best Hospitals.


“We are honored and proud to be voted one of Orange County’s Best Medical Groups for the care we are privileged to provide,” says MemorialCare Medical Group CEO Mark Schafer. “We’re grateful to our patients and community for this special recognition and for continuing to entrust us with their health care.”


One of the most experienced and respected medical groups in the Southern California, MemorialCare Medical Group has served the community for more than 55 years and continues to add new physician practices and ambulatory surgery, imaging, urgent care and kidney dialysis centers to provide greater access and quality care throughout Orange County, Long Beach and surrounding communities. It continually earns the Elite Status from CAPG—a large national association of physician groups—and recognition as one of the state’s top medical groups.