After evaluating more than 4,500 hospitals in the country across 16 specialties and nine procedures and conditions, U.S. News & World Report has released its rankings of the best hospitals in the country, state and region for 2020-21, naming the combined programs of Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla top the list at No. 1 in the San Diego region for the fourth year in a row.
“Repeating as the top-ranked health system in the San Diego region is only possible because the hardworking physicians, nurses and staff members at Scripps deliver the highest-quality of care and expertise to our patients every single day,” Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health said in a statement published on the hospitals website. “We are especially proud of this honor which comes during a time when everyone at Scripps has worked hard to provide the best care possible while navigating some of the most challenging conditions we’ve ever experienced.”
The combined programs of Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Green hospitals (called Scripps La Jolla Hospitals on the list) were nationally ranked in seven specialties: Orthopedics (No. 10), Cardiology and Heart Surgery (No. 30), Gynecology (No. 31), Urology (No. 32), Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 41), Neurology and Neurosurgery (No. 48), and Geriatrics (No. 48).
Additionally, hospitals are ranked regionally on their performance treating 10 common procedures and conditions for adults. Scripps received the highest possible score and were designated High Performing in all 10 categories: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), heart bypass surgery, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, hip replacement and knee replacement.
In other recognition, all five Scripps Health hospital campuses – Scripps Mercy San Diego, Scripps Mercy Chula Vista, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and Scripps Green Hospital – have earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announced recently. This is the third consecutive year Scripps Health has received the honor.
The awards, which are part of the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines stroke program, recognize hospitals across the United States that consistently comply with patient management quality measures that are embedded in the program.
To win the gold awards, each Scripps hospital consistently achieved a series of AHA/ASA program performance measures for 24 or more consecutive months.
Additionally, all four Scripps hospital campuses with emergency rooms — Scripps Memorial La Jolla, Scripps Memorial Encinitas, Scripps Mercy San Diego and Scripps Mercy Chula Vista — were named to the AHA/ASA’s Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll, which recognizes hospitals that deliver thrombolytic therapy (a medication called intravenous tissue plasminogen activator) to eligible patients within one hour of hospital arrival at least 75% of the time.