Rancho named 'Hospital of the Year' by newspaper

LOS ANGELES - Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center was named "Hospital of the Year" by the Los Angeles Business Journal at its 2013 Healthcare Leadership Awards last week. It marked the first time a public hospital had ever received the award. "From meager beginnings to a modern-day status as one of the best-known rehabilitation facilities in the United States, if not the world, Rancho's successes, challenges, leadership, staff members, and patients are a mirror of the medical-social changes which have taken place in this country and are continuing today," the Business Journal story stated.

"Congratulations to Los Angeles County's 'Hospital of Miracles' on its 'Hospital of the Year' award," said Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe. "Rancho's success is a true testament to the hardworking doctors, staff and patients who make miracles happen each and every day. Each year, Rancho helps thousands of patients recover from catastrophic injuries and illnesses, and is consistently ranked as one of America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

"Whether by inspiring a patient's recovery through physical therapy and helping them stand on their own for the first time or boosting their self-esteem through art, Rancho provides the absolute best care. I am proud of my entire Rancho family for this extraordinary honor."

In a message to the hospital staff, Rancho CEO Jorge Orozco stated, "I was both humbled and honored to accept the award, on behalf of all the amazing men and women working at Rancho. Each of you make immense strides every day to restore health, rebuild life, and revitalize hope, helping guarantee that our patients have the confidence needed to successfully achieve their goals of living an independent and satisfying life within their own communities.

"This award from the Los Angeles Business Journal acknowledges the Rancho story, which is one of service to people in need by a responsive local government and a compassionate and dedicated staff. It also recognizes that while our history is rich, so is our future. I'm proud to be a part of the Rancho family as our story continues today."

********** Published: April 25, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 02