As San Diego’s only academic medical center, UC San Diego Health is the region’s premier destination for those requiring complex multidisciplinary care.
We are currently ranked the No. 1 health system in San Diego and hold national rankings in eight adult medical and surgical specialties from
U.S. News & World Report's 2016-17 Best Hospitals issue. Specialties listed in the top 50 nationally include: Cancer (No. 35); Cardiology and Heart Surgery (No. 31); Geriatrics (No. 28); Nephrology (No. 24); Neurology & Neurosurgery (No. 37); Orthopedics (No. 28); Pulmonology (No. 11) and Urology (No. 49). Only 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals included in the analysis ranked in even one specialty.
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Our ability to deliver this caliber of quality, specialized care is a testament to both the academic health care model and to the talents and dedication of our physicians, who are faculty members at UC San Diego School of Medicine and often leaders in research complementary to their clinical specialty areas.
UC San Diego Health is one of five academic medical centers within the 10-campus University of California system. Collectively known as UC Health, these medical centers comprise the fourth largest health care delivery system in California and train nearly 50 percent of the state’s medical students and medical residents.
As part of a public trust organization, UC Health serves as a safety net for individuals in need. Nearly 60 percent of UC patients are covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal or lack health insurance. In the 2014 fiscal year, UC Health provided $486 million in charity care, while also generating $16.7 billion in economic activity throughout California. Providing broad access to specialty care, UC Health physicians performed 50 percent of all transplant surgeries and 25 percent of care for extensive burn cases in the state in 2014.
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To fulfill our mission, UC San Diego Health currently maintains a two-campus strategy, integrating research, teaching and clinical care at locations in Hillcrest and La Jolla. Each medical complex supports acute in-patient care and a spectrum of outpatient primary and specialty medical and surgical services, including ambulatory and emergency patient care.
Our three hospitals operate under one license with a current combined capacity in 2015 of 563 beds: UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest (390 beds), Thornton Hospital (119 beds) and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (54 beds). The completion of Jacobs Medical Center, which is contiguous with Thornton Hospital, will add another 245 licensed beds.
UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, established in 1966, currently serves as the principal clinical teaching site for UC San Diego School of Medicine and the focal point for community service missions. It houses several specialty care centers that allow the urban campus to serve as a major tertiary and quaternary referral center for San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. These care centers include the area’s only Regional Burn Center, a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and one of only two Level I Trauma Centers in the county. The campus is also home to the Owen Clinic, among the nation’s top HIV care programs.
The La Jolla campus, located on the eastern portion of the main campus, is home to Thornton Hospital, a general medical and surgical facility that opened in 1993, and Moores Cancer Center, the primary site for outpatient oncology care and the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designed Comprehensive Cancer Care Center, with nearly 350 medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons and researchers. The La Jolla campus also includes Shiley Eye Institute, a multi-specialty vision center with the region’s only facility dedicated to children, as well as Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the region’s first comprehensive cardiovascular center and the global leader in pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), an operation for removing blood clots from the pulmonary arteries to treat chronic pulmonary hypertension. The PTE operation was first performed at UC San Diego Health and is now systematically employed at select health care centers around the world.
Ambulatory care is provided at both campuses, as well as in the surrounding communities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Kearny Mesa, Scripps Ranch and Vista, where we maintain clinics and service locations. Our physicians also provide care to patients at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and Veteran Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and we maintain partnerships with Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare and others to provide services as diverse as proton therapy for cancer to at-home hospice care. These combined sites and partnerships enable UC San Diego Health offer highly specialized services and a continuum of care that can heal and comfort our patients.