Being recognized for quality patient care is a hospital's highest recognition. Recent awards and achievements for patient care include:
Best Hospital in San Diego – Ranked No. 1 hospital system in San Diego and No. 6 in California for 2020-21 by
U.S. News and World Report.
- More Top Ranked Specialties – Ranked among the nation’s best in 10 adult medical and surgical specialties for 2020-21 by U.S. News and World Report – more than any hospital system in San Diego: Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (No. 10); Geriatrics (No. 13); Neurology & Neurosurgery (No. 22); Cardiology & Heart Surgery (No. 31); Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 32); Nephrology (No. 34); Urology (No. 36); Orthopedics (No. 42); Gynecology (No. 46); and Cancer (No. 47). Only approximately 3 percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals included in the analysis ranked in even one specialty.
One of the Top 10 Academic Medical Centers for Patient Care – Its superior performance in quality patient care earned it a
2019 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award from Vizient, Inc.
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 2019.
LGBTQ Leader – Scored a perfect 100 on the
Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s LGBTQ Healthcare Equality rating for the seventh year straight in 2019.
"A's" for Hospital Safety and Top Teaching Hospital – UC San Diego Health's hospitals in both La Jolla and Hillcrest earned
top marks from The Leapfrog Group in 2020 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