For the third year in a row, the combined medical programs of Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla have ranked No. 1 in the San Diego region and No. 7 in California, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list.
“Ranking No. 1 in San Diego and among the best in the nation, repeatedly, is a great honor and a testament to the highest-quality patient care and expertise provided by our hardworking physicians, nurses and staff,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health, in a news article.
“While such recognition is celebrated by everyone here at Scripps, our patients are the real winners because they can take comfort in and benefit from access to outstanding healthcare right here in San Diego County,” he added.
Referred to as “Scripps La Jolla Hospitals” in the list, the combined programs of Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Green received eight national rankings:
Orthopedics (No. 11)
Pulmonology (No. 12)
Gynecology (No. 22)
Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 25)
Cardiology and Heart Surgery (No. 29)
Diabetes and Endocrinology (No. 31)
Geriatrics (No. 36)
Neurology and Neurosurgery (No. 48)
"In each of those areas, we are now assessing how successful a hospital is at sending patients home," said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, told Patch. "That's an important outcome for patients. Patients do want to be home recovering and spending time with their families."
This year’s rankings, which mark the list’s 30th year, evaluate hospitals in 12 adult specialties, ranking the nation’s top 50 based on data. Of the 4.653 hospitals analyzed, only 165 (3%) were ranked nationally in at least one specialty.
"The vast majority of patients don't need a top-ranked hospital for complex specialty care, and their needs may be very well met by a best regional hospital that can offer a breadth of services relevant to their care," Harder said.