U.S. News & World Report has ranked Scripps Health’s orthopedics and urology programs the best in the San Diego region, and named Scripps among the nation’s best in six specialties in the magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” list.
The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 32nd year, recognize the nation’s top 50 hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging health care needs. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties and 10 procedures and conditions in order to determine the ranking. More than 4,500 hospitals are evaluated each year.
“Scripps has a long legacy of delivering outstanding patient care, which continues despite the unprecedented challenges that we faced over this past year,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “Year after year 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.”
The combined programs of Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla – listed by the magazine as “Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and Clinics” – are among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in:
- Orthopedics (No. 11)
- Urology (No. 24)
- Cardiology (No. 26)
- Gynecology (No. 31)
- Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 50)
- Geriatrics (No. 50)
This is the 16th year the Scripps heart program has made the U.S. News national ranking. Scripps is a leading provider of exceptional quality heart care in San Diego. The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute at Scripps is one of the largest, most advanced centers on the West Coast for cardiovascular medicine, research and training. Through a longtime partnership with Kaiser Permanente, Scripps also is the exclusive provider of cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology surgery to Kaiser Permanente members in the San Diego region.
Nationally ranked for the eighth consecutive year, Scripps hospitals are recognized for excellence in orthopedic surgery, joint replacement, sports medicine and treatment of complex conditions. Treatment options include the latest FDA-approved technologies, devices and procedures at multiple locations throughout San Diego County. The Donald P. and Darlene Shiley Musculoskeletal Center on the campus of Scripps Green Hospital is home to advanced diagnostics, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation services, as well as orthopedic research and education.
Scripps urologists have a wide range of clinical expertise and use advanced diagnostic tools to treat routine and complex urinary conditions, including cancers of the prostate, kidney and bladder. Urologic surgeons offer progressive treatment methods, including minimally invasive and robot-assisted procedures. These surgical treatments feature smaller incisions, reduced blood loss and risk of infection, and shorter recovery periods.
Nationally ranked for the eighth consecutive year, Scripps gynecology programs are recognized for excellent results with high-risk patients, and patient survival rates. Scripps OB-GYN doctors provide excellent specialized services such as minimally invasive surgery and advanced clinical technology. The Scripps OB-GYN program includes 40 surgeons who perform a high rate of minimally invasive surgery, reducing patient complications and length of stay in the hospital. Gynecology patients consistently give Scripps high satisfaction scores for expertise, courtesy and friendliness.
Nationally ranked for the eighth consecutive year, Scripps is recognized for treating the most challenging digestive and liver problems as well as offering access to emerging therapies through clinical research. In 1990, Scripps established San Diego’s first liver transplant program and founded the Scripps Clinic Liver Disease Center, which is internationally recognized for research and treatment of people with chronic liver disease.
Nationally ranked for the eighth consecutive year, Scripps has more than 90 physicians whose specialties or areas of expertise include geriatric medicine. These physicians are skilled at providing care to older patients for a wide range of conditions associated with aging.
U.S. News also recognizes “High Performing” hospitals that were not ranked in the top 50 but scored among the top 10 percent of hospitals that received scores.
Scripps Mercy Hospital was recognized for high performance in aortic valve surgery and treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, pneumonia and stroke.
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas was recognized for high performance in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, heart failure, kidney failure, knee replacement, pneumonia and stroke.
U.S. News also ranked best regional hospitals within metropolitan areas with a population of a million people or more, based largely on the number of national rankings achieved. The combined programs of Scripps Green and Scripps La Jolla were ranked No. 2 in the San Diego metro area and No. 7 in California.
Scripps Mercy was ranked No. 6 in the San Diego metro area and No. 42 in California.
Scripps Encinitas was ranked No.8 in the San Diego metro area and No. 50 in California.
The U.S. News rankings are the latest accolades earned by Scripps hospitals. Fortune Magazine has repeatedly included Scripps Health among the top employers in the nation on the annual list of the 100 Best Places to Work. In 2021, Scripps was ranked No. 76 and was the only San Diego-based company to make the list.
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International; a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. All rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands in September.
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