SAN DIEGO - UC San Diego Medical Center was named the best healthcare facility in the region and sixth best in the state Tuesday in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals issue.
The center in Hillcrest ranked nationally in eight categories, including pulmonology, No. 11; nephrology, No. 24; geriatrics, No. 28; orthopedics, No. 28; cardiology and heart surgery, No. 31; cancer, No. 35; neurology and neurosurgery, No. 37 and urology, No. 49.
UCSD Medical Center was also determined to be "high performing" in diabetes and endocrinology, and gastroenterology and GI surgery.
"Our commitment to transform health care for patients locally and nationally reflects, once again, in our ranking among the top 50 in the U.S. News & World Report annual report," said Patty Maysent, CEO, UC San Diego Health.
"Being named among the best in eight specialties is evidence of extraordinary clinical care provided for an array of conditions by some of the world's best clinicians, surgeons and supporting teams," she said.
Scripps La Jolla Hospital and Clinics, a combined designation for Scripps Memorial and Scripps Green hospitals, was ranked second in the area and seventh in California.
Scripps Memorial and Green were nationally ranked in gynecology, No. 21; diabetes and endocrinology, No. 24; cardiology and heart surgery, No. 28; pulmonology, No. 32; orthopedics, No. 34; gastroenterology and GI surgery, No. 45; and geriatrics, No. 48.
The facilities were also regarded as high performing in nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and rheumatology.
"Scripps has a long legacy of delivering outstanding patient care," said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. "These rankings are a testament to the deep dedication and exceptional skill of our physicians, nurses and others who are on the front lines of caring for our patients every day."
Sharp Memorial Hospital ranked third in the San Diego region, followed by Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Sharp Memorial was ranked 39th in gynecology and was considered high performing in urology.