Understanding how clinical quality is measured, reported and improved is essential to know which hospitals and practitioners actually do provide the highest quality of care. Accreditation, hospital report cards developed by states and consumer groups, and patient satisfaction scores are often cited as indicators of a quality hospital.
At UC San Diego Health System, our commitment to quality is affirmed in the number of achievements we have received for our clinical excellence and patient experience over the past year.
In 2013 UC San Diego Health System continued to receive “A” ratings from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score™ which represents its overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
We were also named as one of Leapfrog Group's "Top Hospitals" in 2011. As one of 65 out of a field of nearly 1,300 hospitals, UC San Diego Health System was recognized for its outstanding performance in quality and patient safety.
In our continued commitment to excellence in quality and safety, UC San Diego Health System participates in Hospital Compare quality reporting. Find out more about how we measure up through this helpful resource.
See how the stroke center at UC San Diego Health System measures up compared to San Diego-area hospitals. We are one of the first five comprehensive stroke centers in the country and the first in San Diego - a designation given by The Joint Commission.
When reviewing hospital ratings and published data, it is important to consider whether or not the performance has been adjusted for risk or severity. That means the complexity of the patients cared for is factored in to the ratings. This is especially important when evaluating an academic medical center, like UC San Diego Health System, that often cares for the sickest people and most complicated cases in the region. Many medical centers in the area send their most difficult cases to us, like burns, transplants and patients with unusual conditions. Ratings that do not factor in this additional risk, may be misleading.