San Diego Business Journal

UCSD Medical Center Among Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals, Report Says

By Julie Gallant Thursday, April 19, 2012

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is being recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. in a Thomson Reuters report released April 16.

UCSD Medical Center has also been honored as an Everest Award winner for achieving both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years. The teaching hospital is one of only 12 hospitals in the nation to receive this recognition, according to a UCSD spokeswoman.

Hospitals were identified as high-achievers through a balanced scorecard assessment that consists of 10 measures distributed across four domains — quality, efficiency, finance and consumer assessment of care. The measurement uses only publicly available data. The winners are based on those receiving the highest ranking on a composite score of the 10 measures: 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 heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia.

The Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute-care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of patients.

“These honors reflect the extraordinary achievements of UC San Diego Health System teams that are dedicated to delivering the highest quality and most efficient care possible to all patients,” said Dr. Tom McAfee, interim CEO of the UCSD Health System, in a statement. “Our goal is to deliver specialized lifesaving care based on an evidence-based model that can be replicated by hospitals nationwide.”

Dr. Angela Scioscia, chief medical officer at UC San Diego Medical Center, said the ranking can be attributed to focused teamwork and a commitment to improving quality and safety by implementing best practices. Some specific areas of focus have been preventing health care associated infections and complications, improving safety of medication administration, and utilizing electronic medical records to improve care.

“The key thing is good teams working hard together and continually reflecting on the quality of care they provide to make improvements,” said Scioscia, adding that they strive for timeliness of care, good communication and ensuring a quality patient environment.