According to the US News & World Report “Best Hospitals” survey of 2022-2023, UC San Diego Health is again ranked #1 in San Diego and #5 in California, making it one of the top health care providers in the country. Designed to help patients and physicians make informed health care decisions, this annual ranking identifies hospitals that excel at providing multidisciplinary, comprehensive care for the most challenging health conditions.
“These prestigious data-driven rankings are a tremendous honor and confirmation of our daily commitment to provide world-class medical and surgical care to our patients,” said Patty Maysent, CEO of UC San Diego Health. “Our extraordinary teams are ambassadors of good health, committed to helping all patients experience the best possible care.”
“UC San Diego is proud to be home to the region’s only academic medical center where science, compassion, and clinical care intersect to provide outstanding patient outcomes,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “These rankings are proof that our doctors, nurses, scientists, technicians and teams are united in delivering unparalleled care.”
For the 2022-2023 rankings and assessments, US News & World Report evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. Across the 15 specialties, 164 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. Among these, UC San Diego Health ranked in 10 specialties:
- Lung surgery and lung surgery (10)
- Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (11)
- Geriatrics (11)
- Urology (16)
- Cancer (20)
- Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (21)
- Ear, Nose and Throat (21)
- Neurology and Neurosurgery (21)
- Obstetrics and Gynecology (26)
- Orthopedics (39)
UC San Diego Health is also rated “performing well” in 17 common procedures and conditions, covering a spectrum of care from heart procedures and stroke care to orthopedic and cancer surgery, including three conditions added this year: uterine cancer, prostate cancer and ovarian cancer.
“UC San Diego Health provides treatment for the region’s most complex cases, and our rankings are proof that members of the local community never have to leave San Diego for world-class care,” said Chris Longhurst, MD, chief medical officer at UC San Diego Health. “Our expert teams are driven to continuously improve care through early and accurate diagnosis and access to the best possible treatments, including clinical trials.”
The state and metropolitan area rankings reflect the area’s top-performing hospitals across multiple areas of care. US News & World Report evaluated each hospital’s performance using a variety of measures, such as survival rates, complications, patient experience and level of nursing care.
“These rankings reflect UC San Diego Health’s commitment to being a highly trusted, learning health system. Our unwavering approach to improving patient care through trusted systems and processes demonstrates our commitment to our patients every day,” said Chad VanDenBerg, MPH, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at UC San Diego Health.
The Best Hospitals methodology also considers data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, American Hospital Association, professional organizations, and medical specialists.
Another important part of the US News & World Report ranking is the expert opinion score, which is based on doctors across the country voting for the best hospitals in their specialty. Changes to this year’s ranking methodology include the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare delivery, additions to rankings for new common procedures and conditions, home recovery times, obstetrics and gynecology, and more.
In addition to the top positions in US News & World Report, UC San Diego Health is recognized as having the highest level of safety by The Leapfrog Group, with an “A” for both campuses and is ranked third nationally among Comprehensive Academic by Vizient Medical Centers. Inc. for demonstrating excellence in delivering quality care. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recognized UC San Diego Health as a five-star institution for the quality of our care.
UC San Diego Health consists of UC San Diego Medical Center at Hillcrest and Jacobs Medical Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Institute, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, and the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, all in La Jolla, as well as primary care and same-day services in clinics throughout Southern California. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is home to the only regional burn center in the area and one of only two Level I trauma centers in the county.