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UC San Diego Hospital Ranked Among “20 Most Beautiful Hospitals”


July 20, 2012  |   

Newly opened Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center makes Soliant Health’s top ten list

University of California, San Diego’s LEED-Gold certified Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is ranked #10 on Soliant Health Care’s annual list of top 20 most beautiful hospitals in the United States.  According to Soliant leaders, participants cast nearly 170,000 votes this year. 

UC San Diego Sulpizion Cardiovascular Center
UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is the only San Diego hospital on the list and is one of only two facilities in California to make the list. 

“We are so very proud of our facility, the physicians and staff who work here, and the excellent patient care that is provided,” said Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, co-director, UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. 

“What makes this recognition even more notable is that we are the only center on the list specifically dedicated to cardiovascular treatment, and the only academic medical center,” added Michael Madani, MD, co-director UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.
After receiving more than 300 nominations, Soliant assembled a panel of experts that reviewed each hospital and picked the top 51 entries, based on measures such as architectural style, photogenic properties, landscaping and distinctiveness.

Regarding Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Soliant officials commented that, “This world-class cardiovascular center was strikingly-lit in red at night throughout February 2012 to commemorate the American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign. A fine gesture for a hospital that looks good in any light.”

“We knew this building was going to be special and stand out from the moment we started visualizing it,” said Lisa Murphy, associate administrator for Cardiovascular and Medicine Service Lines, who shepherded the project from inception to completion.  “From design, to construction, to the art work inside and the people delivering care, we have always put the patient’s comfort first.”

The Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is the culmination of a 40-year dream to have a facility in which all disciplines providing cardiac care are housed under one roof, with practitioners of various disciplines working in close proximity.  The four-story, 128,000 square foot building has four operating rooms, six catherization labs, 22 day beds, 54 acute care beds and an expanded emergency department, shared with Thornton Hospital. 

The beauty of the natural San Diego environment played an important role in the design of the building, from the locally selected rocks for the front-entrance fountain to the floors color-coded with art-glass, to the use of natural light in each room.

Click here to read the list of the “20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the United States."

About Soliant Health
Soliant Health, an Adecco Group company, is a leading provider of specialized healthcare staffing services to hospitals and healthcare providers. By supplying traveling healthcare professionals on both temporary and direct hire assignments, Soliant Health delivers comprehensive healthcare staffing services to leading facilities across the United States. Soliant's teams of professionals are qualified to fill physician, nursing, therapy, pharmacy, clinical research, imaging, and other healthcare positions.

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is dedicated to innovative care and the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The state-of-the-art facility, which opened in La Jolla in 2011, is the region’s first academic-based facility to combine all heart and vascular-related services, programs and technology under one roof. For more information, visit

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