UC San Diego Health Tops US News & World Report Rankings

 U.S. News & World Report once again names UC San Diego Health #1 in San Diego and #5 in California.

For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report names UC San Diego Health #1 in San Diego and #5 in California.

The most current rankings from the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospital” survey were announced this week. UC San Diego Health has sustained its #1 local ranking and is #5 in California.

These rankings are validation of our critical role in the region for providing safe, high-quality health care to our community and to patients across the United States.

For the 2022-23 rankings and ratings, U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions.

Among these, UC San Diego Health ranked in 10 specialties: 

  • Pulmonology (10)
  • Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (11)
  • Geriatrics (11)
  • Urology (16)
  • Cancer (20)
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery (21)
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (21)
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery (21)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (26)
  • Orthopedics (39)

In addition to top rankings in U.S. News & World Report, UC San Diego Health is recognized as having the highest level of safety from The Leapfrog Group with an “A” for both campuses and is top ranked nationally among Comprehensive Academic Medical Centers by Vizient Inc. for demonstrating excellence in delivering high-quality care. And the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Services (CMS) recognized UC San Diego Health as a five-star institution for the quality of our care.

These combined rankings and ratings are affirmation that academic medicine at UC San Diego Heath – a unique combination of patient care, research and teaching – distinguishes itself as a health care approach that is at the forefront of medical and surgical care. 

I want to recognize and congratulate Chief Executive Officer Patty Maysent, Chief Medical Officer Christopher Longhurst, MD and our entire UC San Diego Health team. They work diligently to provide world-class patient care to every patient every day. 

I am very proud of our health system. I am proud of our many dedicated employees for helping to make our greater community healthier, happier and stronger. UC San Diego Health is one of the nation’s most respected health systems because of what our health employees do consistently each and every shift.

UC San Diego Increasing Housing, Lowering Overall Cost of Education

rendering of the new Peppery Canyon West Living and Learning Neighborhood

Construction of Pepper Canyon West Living and Learning Neighborhood will start this summer, with the goal of opening in the fall of 2024. Copyright: Perkins & Will Architects

Last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune published an opinion article I wrote sharing what UC San Diego is doing to help students with housing on and off campus. Our strategies for building new on-campus housing to enhance the student experience have been in motion for nearly a decade. 

In 2014, UC San Diego committed to working toward a four-year housing guarantee at 20 percent below market rate for graduate and undergraduate students. Since then, we have built 3,530 new beds for graduate students and 2,000 new beds for undergraduate students. With 18,022 total beds on campus today, UC San Diego ranks third in the nation for student housing inventory, just behind Penn State and UCLA.

Although the pandemic momentarily slowed progress toward our goal, we have expanded our strategies to address the current housing shortage. 

For example, this fall we will add 700 beds by reinstituting triple occupancy in select rooms, increasing capacity and providing more cost-effective solutions to our students.

For those living off-campus, students can schedule consultations to review housing options and find move-in and move-out resources through our Off-Campus Housing Office. Our off-campus housing website features current listings, house-hunting tips, a roommate-finder tool and access to assistance from our dedicated off-campus housing team.

UC San Diego has also partnered with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District to offer students the Triton U-Pass, providing subsidized transit on the Coaster, Rapid 237 express bus and trolley. U-Pass provides direct, cost-effective access to housing options near rapid transit throughout the county.

UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley station on campus

The arrival of the new UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley Line extension in November 2021 opened a wider range of affordable off-campus housing options located within walking distance of rapid transit.

We are also forging ahead with plans to enhance the student experience while lowering costs and increasing access to a UC education. 

Starting in fall 2023, three new on-campus housing neighborhoods will open in successive years, adding 5,300 new undergraduate beds on campus by 2025. Future plans to replace older housing with new living learning neighborhoods will increase on-campus housing by at least 10,000 beds by 2035.

To further reduce the cost of housing and therefore the cost of education, I have worked successfully with the UC Regents and state legislators to develop the new $2 billion Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program that is helping to build new student housing across California. UC San Diego recently received a $100 million grant from the program, which will be leveraged to lower rates up to 55 percent below market for 1,100 low-income California resident students. 

UC San Diego continues to make progress toward a four-year housing guarantee at 20 percent below market rate. If enrollment projections are unchanged, our goal to house 50 percent of all students is within reach by 2025. Building housing that students, staff and faculty can afford will continue to be a top priority.

Thank You for a Campaign Like “Non” Other

After 10 years, it is my great pleasure to share that we concluded the Campaign for UC San Diego on June 30, 2022. Together, we have made an impact like "non" other. Thanks to gifts of all sizes from nearly 164,000 donors, we raised more than $3.05 billion in support of our students, innovative research, campus and community, and health and medicine.

When you connect brilliant faculty, researchers and scholars with the greater community and visionary donors, something remarkable happens. Like minds connect, resources meet experts, and collaboration sparks innovation. And through the Campaign for UC San Diego, our community gave us three billion reasons to keep exploring, to keep discovering, and to keep impacting the world around us.

Geisel Library with Campaign for UC San Diego "Impact Like Non Other" slogan

Our 10-year Campaign surpassed all expectations, raising a billion dollars more than our original $2 billion goal. These resources have transformed our university physically, culturally and intellectually. They have fueled groundbreaking progress to address some of society’s most pressing issues such as Alzheimer’s, climate change and homelessness. They have increased scholarships and fellowships, expanding access to world-class education. They have uncovered new treatments, trained the next generation of healthcare leaders and empowered exceptional patient care. And they have built new, modern facilities, specially designed to connect collaborators from both inside and outside the university.

Belief in UC San Diego as a force for change generated support for exciting research in medicine, pharmaceutical sciences and public health, biological and physical science, marine sciences, policy management and social science, and arts and humanities. And belief in UC San Diego as a treasured public asset has built new community enrichment spaces, arts and cultural attractions, and community collaboratories.

Not only are we a preferred destination for education, medicine, research and arts and culture, but we are also the region’s newest meeting hall, family room and community workshop.

I am grateful for the partnership and support from the more than 164,000 alumni and friends who contributed to this Campaign. I am grateful for the dedication of our passionate, talented and diverse faculty, staff and students who make UC San Diego truly distinctive.

For the energy, leadership, wisdom and generosity that everyone has contributed to the Campaign and to UC San Diego, I simply and sincerely say, thank you. Thank you for helping us. Continue the nontradition.

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