Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Mercy Hospital were recognized for high performance in 11 specialties in the inaugural edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals metro area rankings.
In addition to a national ranking for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2010-11, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital were recognized for high performance in eight additional specialty areas including diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; kidney disorders; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.
Scripps Mercy Hospital (San Diego and Chula Vista) was recognized for high performance in 10 specialty areas including cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology; geriatrics; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.
“This recognition demonstrates Scripps Health’s outstanding quality care in cardiovascular services, as well as other many other important specialties,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “Today’s news further demonstrates the consistent high-quality care we provide across our system. We owe these accolades to the incredible dedication and talent of our hospitals’ staff and physicians.”
U.S. News and World Report ranked hospitals within all 52 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more, using existing data from the 2010-11 Best Hospitals rankings. The new rankings identify hospitals that performed nearly as well as the nationally ranked Best Hospitals in at least one of 16 adult specialties, including cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; pulmonology; rehabilitation; rheumatology; and urology.
To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of the 16 medical specialties. The new rankings add 490 high-performing hospitals to the 132 nationally ranked Best Hospitals in metro areas. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.
“All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” said health rankings editor Avery Comarow. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”