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U.S. News & World Report Rates Kaiser Permanente San Diego/Zion Medical Centers Among the Nation’s Top Performers
SAN DIEGO — July 26, 2022 -- Kaiser Permanente San Diego and Zion medical centers are among the best in the nation for delivering high-quality care, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Hospitals rankings and ratings released July 26.
These two hospitals, along with the other 37 Kaiser Permanente hospitals across the country, were rated among the top 20% in the nation as high performing for at least one of the 35 medical specialties, conditions and procedures that U.S. News monitors.
“This recognition underscores our world-class physicians and care teams who work with the support of our integrated care delivery system to address our patients’ care needs – from the routine to the most specialized,” said Jane Finley, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente San Diego. “We are proud that U.S. News and World Report once again places us within the top tier of hospitals nationwide.”
The two medical centers are also tied for 26th on U.S. News’ list of top hospitals in the state. U.S. News rated San Diego and Zion medical centers as “high performing” or “nationally ranked” in the specialty of pulmonology and lung surgery.
U.S. News considered more than 4,500 hospitals for its 33rd annual rankings/ratings report.
February 2, 2022 – A 31-year-old Carlsbad woman gave birth to an infant boy at 2:22 PM at the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, making for a very unique birth date and time of 2:22 on 2/2/22.
The parents are Natalie and Angel Hernandez. Their new son is Ramon who weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and is 19 inches long. Ramon is the first child of Natalie and Angel and the 22nd Great Grandchild of Natalie’s Grandmother Josephine.
Jan 4, 2022 — Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) achieved the highest possible rating — 5 stars — for “overall quality of medical care” in the annual Health Care Quality Report Card from California’s Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), released in late December 2021.
“What wonderful recognition to close 2021 and launch us into an even brighter new year! We want to express our deepest gratitude to our dedicated physicians, clinicians, nurses, and staff. The acknowledgment of excellence from OPA is a reflection of your unwavering commitment to delivering safe, high-quality, and compassionate care designed around our patients’ and members’ total health care needs,” was shared in a joint statement by Nancy Gin, MD, medical director of quality and clinical analysis for Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG); Patti Harvey, RN, senior vice president of quality, regulatory, and clinical operations support, for KPSC, Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; and Giselle Willick, PharmD, chief quality officer of quality and systems of care for SCPMG.
This Report Card shows the quality of health care for millions of Californians who get their care through Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs).
The 5-star rating — highest possible — for “overall quality of medical care” in the annual Health Care Quality Report Card makes KPSC the only commercial health plan in the state to receive this outstanding result.
KPSC is the only health plan to receive OPA’s top rating for “quality of medical care” for 14 consecutive years.
Additionally, KPSC joined Kaiser Permanente Northern California health plans as the only two HMOs in the state to achieve 5-stars for overall clinical effectiveness in 2 subcategories, including behavioral and mental health care and asthma and lung disease care (pulmonology).
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