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UC San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health
Location San Diego, California, United States
Care system Private
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University of California, San Diego
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Helipad Yes[1]
Beds 749
Founded 1966[2]
Lists Hospitals in California

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system serving San Diego, as well as one of only two Level I trauma centers in the region.[3] It is run by the University of California, San Diego and is closely affiliated with the university's School of Medicine. In operation since 1966, it comprises UC San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center, Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center (opening in 2016), as well as several outpatient sites located throughout San Diego County.

It is the official health system of the San Diego Chargers, the San Diego Padres, Club Tijuana, the UC San Diego Tritons, and the San Diego State Aztecs.


  • Reputation and awards 1
    • Current awards & rankings 1.1
  • UC San Diego Medical Center 2
  • Thornton Hospital 3
  • Moores Cancer Center 4
  • Shiley Eye Institute 5
  • Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center 6
  • Plans 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Reputation and awards

Current awards & rankings

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  • In 2014, UC San Diego Health received Healthgrades' "Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence", an honor only bestowed upon the top 5 percent of hospitals in the U.S. Top performing hospitals were selected based on clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care in specialty areas, such as cardiac surgery, gastrointestinal, neurosurgery, pulmonary and critical care.
  • UC San Diego Health consistently receives "A" ratings from The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score™ which represents its overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
  • In 2013, UC San Diego Health was ranked #1 in the San Diego metropolitan area and #5 in California according to U.S. News & World Report's 24th annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital has to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.
  • In 2013, UC San Diego Health was ranked in the annual U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" issue for the 20th consecutive year and consistently ranked among the best in multiple specialties, including cancer (#42), cardiology and heart surgery (#42), diabetes and endocrinology (#29), ear, nose and throat (#48), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery (#31), geriatrics (#20), nephrology (#17), neurology and neurosurgery (#42), pulmonology (#9) and urology (#22). The following specialties were ranked as "high-performing": gynecology, orthopedics, psychiatry and rheumatology.
  • In 2013, UC San Diego Medical Center was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® twice by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. The study evaluated performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, post-discharge mortality, and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia.
  • In 2012, UC San Diego Medical Center was one of 12 hospitals to receive the Everest Award from Thomson Reuters. This award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest level of current performance, as well as the fastest long-term improvement over a five-year period in Reuters' national benchmarking study.
  • UC San Diego Health System physicians are consistently named by their peers at the San Diego County Medical Society as "Top Doctors" in San Diego Magazine's "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" annual survey.[4]
  • For five consecutive years, UC San Diego Health has been among the nation's 100 "Most Wired" hospitals, and for four years, one of the 25 "Most Wireless", according to Hospitals & Health Networks.[5]

UC San Diego Medical Center

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest

The UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest (), is the primary hospital for the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

The region's only academic medical center offers both primary care and specialized services, including a full range of surgery, diagnosis and management of genetic disease, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, and the Sleep Medicine Center.

The recently renovated 386-bed hospital at Hillcrest is also the primary site for such regional services as the Comprehensive Organ Transplant Program, Bone Marrow Transplantation, San Diego Regional Burn Center, Infant Special Care Center (NICU), UCSD's Birth Center, San Diego County's only academic Level One Trauma Center, and the National Institutes of Health-designated Clinical Research Center.

Thornton Hospital

The John M. and Sally B. Thornton Hospital and Perlman Ambulatory Care Center () opened in the summer of 1993. John Alksne, a neurosurgeon and the Dean of the School of Medicine, performed the first surgery at this hospital. It was a delicate brain operation.[6] It is located on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, California.[7] It is a 119-bed general medical-surgical facility that offers a full range of services, including surgery, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics, oncology, reproductive medicine, pulmonary medicine and physical therapy. Thornton Hospital has a hotel-like atmosphere and patients staying in the intermediate care wing of the hospital can order room service meals at any time of the day.[8]

Moores Cancer Center

Established in 1979, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is one of just 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States. Such centers are prominent among the leading institutions in the nation dedicated to scientific innovation and clinical excellence. Moores Cancer Center is the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego and Imperial counties to have earned this honor.

In 2013, US News and World Report ranked the UC San Diego Medical Center 42nd in the nation for cancer treatment. [9]

Shiley Eye Institute

UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute provides comprehensive eye care services, from basic eye exams to advanced diagnostic tests and sophisticated surgery. Eye care services offered at Shiley Eye Institute include cataract surgery, cornea transplants, glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, low vision services, neuro-ophthalmology, optometry and contact lens service, pediatric ophthalmology, plastic surgery, refractive surgery, retina care, and trauma repair.

The Abraham Ratner Children's Eye is immediately adjacent to Shiley and is the only eye facility in the San Diego region dedicated to meeting the special vision needs of children.

Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center provides ambulatory, clinical, and inpatient heart and stroke care in one central location. Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is the region's first academic-based facility to combine all heart and vascular-related services, programs and technology under one roof.


On May 18, 2007, the UC Regents approved a plan to build an additional 125- to 150-bed inpatient tower in La Jolla.[10] This hospital will be called Jacobs Medical Center, will have 245 beds, cost $839 million, and will open in 2016.

On November 19, 2010, the UC Regents approved a plan to build a new building for the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). This building is planned to have 311,000 gross square feet at a cost of $269 million.[11]


  1. ^ Stone, Ken (2 June 2014). "UCSD Hospital Took Pains on Helipad Redo: Job Done in a Day". Times of San Diego. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Health Sciences Facts and Figures". UC San Diego Health Sciences. 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  3. ^ O'Neill, Michael. "Mapbook: California Trauma Centers" (PDF). Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "2010 Top Doctors: The List". San Diego Magazine. October 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Wired Health Winners". Health Care's Most Wired. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  6. ^ "History and Milestones at UCSD Medical Center". Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  7. ^ "UCSD's Thornton Hospital's Address, Directions, Map & Phone Number". 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  8. ^ "Hospital Serves Up Room Service To Patients - Staying Healthy News Story - KGTV San Diego". 2006-06-05. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Best Hospitals 2013 Specialty Search: Cancer".  
  10. ^ Franz, Leslie (2007-05-18). "Regents Approve Plan for New UCSD Inpatient Bed Tower".  
  11. ^ Philippidis, Alex (2010-11-19). "UPDATE: UC Board of Regents OKs $269M Clinical and Translational Building for UCSD".  

External links

  • UC San Diego Health
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
  • UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center
  • This hospital in the CA Healthcare Atlas A project by OSHPD
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