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US News & World Report ranks health system among best in nation
UC San Diego Health System ranks #1 among San Diego’s adult hospitals and among “America’s Best Hospitals” according to U.S. News & World Report’s “2011 - 2012 Best Hospitals” issue online today at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and available on newsstands August 30.
Rendering of the future UC San Diego Jacob's Medical Center, breaking ground in March 2012.
“To be recognized among the very best in the nation – as well as in our community – is an honor we have enjoyed for nearly two decades," said David Brenner, MD, vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. “We take seriously our mission to provide the very best in health care and research, the kind only an academic health system can provide.”
“UC San Diego Health System is the one place in our region where patients from across the U.S. benefit from the integration of compassionate care and evidenced-based medicine in every interaction," said Tom Jackiewicz, CEO, UC San Diego Health System. “Our physicians, surgeons, scientists, nurses and staff come together as a team to treat the most difficult diseases, offering the most novel treatments and procedures and – where possible – lifesaving cures.”
The core mission of “Best Hospitals” is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of age or other health problems. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News & World Report Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”
The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.
“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”
UC San Diego Health System includes two hospitals and multiple primary and specialty care outpatient centers in Hillcrest, La Jolla and Scripps Ranch. The 10-story, multi-specialty Jacobs Medical Center will break ground in March of 2012.
By the Numbers:
To learn more about UC San Diego Medical Center’s rankings, please visit:
Methodology for national rankings: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/pr/templates/National_Rankings_Methodology.pdf
Methodology for metro-area rankings: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/pr/templates/Metro_Rankings_Methodology.pdf
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