SAN DIEGO (CNS) - UCSD Medical Center was named the best hospital in San Diego County in rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla was named the No. 2 hospital, and Scripps Mercy Hospital was third, followed by Sharp Memorial Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital-Encinitas.
"To be recognized among the very best in the nation -- as well as in our community -- is an honor we have enjoyed for nearly two decades," said Dr. David Brenner, vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. "We take seriously our mission to provide the very best in health care and research, the kind only an academic health system can provide."
The 22nd annual Best Hospitals issue rated hospitals in 16 high-stakes medical specialties, from heart care to diabetes and neurology.
According to the magazine, physicians at the highly ranked facilities see far more patients with critical needs than do doctors at many community hospitals. As a result, they have more experience and understand better how to deliver quality care.
Only UCSD and Scripps La Jolla made it into the national rankings.
UCSD Medical Center was rated 16th in the nation in pulmonology, 19th in psychiatry and 25th in diabetes/endocrinology.
Scripps La Jolla was 45th in cardiology/heart surgery. Scripps Health is building a new cardiovascular center in La Jolla to further improve its care in that area.
The magazine, available on newsstands on Aug. 30, evaluated 4,285 hospitals for its annual rankings.
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