Awards and Achievements

Being recognized for quality patient care is a hospital's highest recognition. Recent awards and achievements for patient care include:

  • Top-ranked Specialty Care – Repeatedly ranked among the nation’s best in multiple adult medical and surgical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Specialties listed in the top 50 nationally for 2018-19 include: Cancer (No. 45); Cardiology and Heart Surgery (No. 40); Geriatrics (No. 36); Neurology & Neurosurgery (No. 46); Orthopedics (No. 49); Pulmonology (No. 17). Only approximately 3.5 percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals included in the analysis ranked in even one specialty.
  • Outstanding Stroke Care – Earned the American Stroke Association’s "Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award" in 2018 and is listed on its "Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll" for the quality of its stroke care.
  • Excellence in Maternity Care – In 2018, the only health care system in the county to meet all the maternity care standards identified by The Leapfrog Group as indicative of quality maternal care
  • Information Technology to Enhance Patient Care and Comfort – Listed among "HealthCare’s Most Wired" hospital systems by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) in 2018.
  • LGBTQ Leader – Scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s LGBTQ Healthcare Equality rating for the second year straight in 2018.
  • "A" for Hospital Safety and 2018 Top Teaching Hospital – UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest earned top marks from The Leapfrog Group in the fall of 2018 for keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. It was also named a 2018 Top Teaching Hospital from The Leapfrog Group for its achievements in patient safety and quality.
  • Distinguished Hospital Award – For the fourth year straight, it received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades in 2017, placing it 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.
  • Nursing Excellence – Maintains Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, considered among the highest recognitions for nursing excellence and innovation in nursing practice
  • Top Hospital – Named one of the nation's "100 Top Hospitals" in 2015 by Truven Health Analytics for its patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability