For the 14th year in a row, UC Irvine Medical Center has been listed among America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report and is ranked in the top 50 nationally in three specialties: ear, nose & throat (33rd), geriatrics (39th) and nephrology (50th). “We are gratified to be recognized again for the daily commitment UC Irvine Health physicians and staff make to our patients,” said Terry A. Belmont, CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center. “There is no question that in Orange County, we are the hospital of choice for the treatment of serious and complex cases.” UC Irvine Medical Center is the only Orange County hospital consistently rated among America’s best by U.S. News, currently placed at No. 9 in California and No. 4 in the Los Angeles metropolitan region. Since 2001, the magazine has cited its programs in urology, gynecology, geriatrics, cancer, digestive disorders, nephrology, and ear, nose & throat as among the top 50 nationwide.