San Diego is a good place to be sick: Three San Diego facilities were ranked among the U.S. News & World Report list for this year’s best hospitals. UC San Diego Medical Center, Rady Children’s Hospital and the Scripps La Jolla Hospital were each nationally ranked for their programs.
UCSD Medical Center took the lead as highest ranked hospital in San Diego and among the top five in Southern California. It also ranked in six specialties, and placed within the top 20 in the nation for psychiatry. The hospital, located in Hillcrest, also performed highly in eight areas including cardiology and heart surgery.
Rady Children’s Hospital in Kearny Mesa is among the top five in the country for pediatric orthopedics, placing fourth on the list. It also scored high in national rankings for nine other categories, including pediatric cancer. Rady Children’s Hospital is the only facility in San Diego that is exclusively for children.
Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and Clinics were ranked in the top 50 for best cardiology and heart surgery in the nation. It’s also the second best hospital in the city. Scripps is located merely blocks away from fellow top-ranked UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.
These rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of roughly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.
“Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high,” Avery Comarow, U.S. News & World Report Health Rankings Editor said.