Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles) | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center began as two small organizations built by the Jewish community. One began in 1902 as a 12-bed operation in a two-story Victorian home, while the other got its start in 1918 as a two-room hospice. They came together in 1961 and have since blossomed into an 886-bed internationally renowned hospital.
Cedars-Sinai is the largest nonprofit hospital in the western U.S. and boasts a team of 2,100 physicians, 2,800 nurses and thousands of other healthcare professionals and staff. U.S. News & World Report recognized Cedars-Sinai as the No. 2 hospital in California and the No. 1 hospital in the Los Angeles metro region for 2015-16. The hospital has been acknowledged by the National Research Corporation's Consumer Choice Award 18 years in a row for providing the highest quality medical care in Los Angeles. The hospital also has the longest running Magnet designation for nursing excellence in California.
A generous 1976 donation from Frederick and Marcia Weisman, art collectors with personal ties to the hospital, permitted Cedars-Sinai to compile an extraordinary collection of sculptures, paintings, photographs and lithographs that now includes more than 4,000 pieces from art world icons like Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Nearly every piece of art is showcased, transforming the hospital's courtyards and walkways into cultural encounters that can provide patients and families with meaningful and enlightening reprieves. Today, the hospital's Advisory Council for the Arts, comprised of fine art aficionados, continues the Weisman's mission and carefully reviews every artistic work offered to the medical center in hopes of enhancing the healing atmosphere.
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