Awards and Achievements

Being recognized for quality patient care is the highest recognition a hospital system can get. Recent awards and achievements include:

  • UC San Diego Health was named among the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review in May 2018 for the fourth year in a row. The award recognizes leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research. 
  • UC San Diego Health was named a 2018 Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. It earned the recognition in 2017, as well.
  • UC San Diego Health was ranked among the nation's best in eight adult medical and surgical specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 "Best Hospitals" guidebook. Specialties listed in the top 50 nationally include: Cancer (No. 40); Cardiology and Heart Surgery (No. 40); Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 46), Geriatrics (No. 34); Gynecology (No. 42); Neurology & Neurosurgery (No. 40); Orthopedics (No. 20); Pulmonology (No. 13). Only 3.26 percent of the 4,658 hospitals included in the analysis ranked in even one specialty. In the same report, UC San Diego Health achieved the highest rating possible for common adult procedures and conditions, including aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.
  • UC San Diego Health has earned the American Stroke Association’s "Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award" and is listed on its "Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll" for the quality of our stroke care.
  • UC San Diego Health was awarded an "A" for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group in April, 2017. Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country. 
  • For the fourth year in a row, UC San Diego Health in 2017 received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades, which ranks us among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals, based on objective clinical metrics. Patients who receive care at these hospitals have better outcomes and lower risk-adjusted complication rates for a range of conditions and procedures.
  • In 2017, UC San Diego is the only health care system in the greater San Diego area to meet all the maternity care standards identified by The Leapfrog Group as indicative of quality maternal care.
  • UC San Diego Health maintains a four-year Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence (2016-2020) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, considered among the highest recognitions for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in nursing practice.
  • UC San Diego Health received an "A" for hospital safety in April 2016 from the Leapfrog Group. The A grade reflects overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Only five local medical facilities received the top grade.
  • UC San Diego Health was awarded a "Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence"  for the third year in a row in 2016 by Healthgrades, placing us among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals delivering superior care to the Medicare population based on clinical outcomes.  
  • UC San Diego Health was named one of the nation's "Top 100 Hospitals" by Truven Health in 2015. Based on an analysis of nearly 3,000 hospitals, the award recognizes hospitals that score the highest on patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.