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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 2012 we received an "A" Hospital Safety Score by Leapfrog Group, reflecting our commitment to patient safety across all locations, from primary care offices to surgical suites.
In 2011 we were named as one of Leapfrog Group's "Top Hospitals." As one of 65 out of a field of nearly 1,200 hospitals, UC San Diego Health System was recognized for its outstanding performance in quality and patient safety.
See how the stroke center at UC San Diego Health System measures up compared to San Diego-area hospitals. Our stroke center became the county's first primary stroke center in 2004.
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.
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