UC San Diego Health System Accreditations and Credentials

  • In 2012, UC San Diego Health System’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute was recognized as a fully accredited Level 1 Bariatric Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS BSCN). This designation means that the Institute has met the essential criteria that ensures it is fully capable of supporting a bariatric surgery care program and that its institutional performance meets the requirements outlined by the ACS BSCN Accreditation Program.
  • UC San Diego Health System’s Center for Transplantation was recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a heart-lung transplant Center of Excellence in September 2012.
  • UC San Diego Health System’s Birth Center, the only place of its kind on the West Coast where women can have a natural birth experience with minimal medical intervention within a hospital setting, welcomed baby number 4,000 on August 6, 2012.
  • In March 2012, Moores Cancer Center was one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certification program. This is a new initiative to certify oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care.
  • UC San Diego Health System was bestowed Magnet® status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in December 2011. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice.
  • In December 2011, The Joint Commission approved Disease Specific Care (DSC) certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) at UC San Diego Health System. Fewer than 110 facilities are approved for VAD destination therapy. UC San Diego Health System is one of only two San Diego-based systems and eight California-based systems offering this option.
  • UC San Diego Health System achieved Stage 7 of electronic medical record (EMR) adoption — a ranking devised by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics group. This was achieved by only 1.1 percent of hospitals in the United States in 2011.
  • UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center officially opened its doors in August 2011 as San Diego’s first and only dedicated cardiovascular center combining groundbreaking research and lifesaving care under one roof. It is home to San Diego’s first hybrid operating room that can simultaneously perform coronary artery bypass graft surgery and coronary artery stenting.
  • In 2010, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, a designation given to fewer than 6 percent of the imaging centers in California.
  • In 2009, the Breast Center at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center became the first hospital-based program in California to receive accreditation from the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
  • In 2010, the Joint Commission awarded UC San Diego Health System’s Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Program its Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality, making it the first program of its kind in the nation to receive this disease-specific certification.
  • In 2004, UC San Diego Health System’s Stroke Center became the first in San Diego to receive a Gold Seal from The Joint Commission.
  • In 2001, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center was designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Moores Cancer Center is now the only NCI-approved comprehensive cancer center in San Diego and one of only 41 in the nation.