UC San Diego Medical Center

Location: San Diego and La Jolla, Calif.

Number of beds: 552

CEO: Thomas E. Jackiewicz

Type of hospital: Academic medical center

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Hospital's website: health.ucsd.edu

In August 2010, the medical center was recognized for Quality Heart Disease/Stroke Care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Gold Performance Achievement Award for using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible heart disease and stroke care to patients.

In July 2009, UCSD added real-time speech recognition to improve physician use of Epic EHR and speed up documentation and medical report turnaround time.

UCSD Medical Center has achieved ROI by using a radio-frequency identification real-time location system to not only track assets and cut rental costs for mobile medical equipment, but also to create an enterprise workflow to track medical instrumentation trays across multiple campuses.

In July 2010, a UCSD Medical Center doctor performed dialysis on Dottie, a SeaWorld dolphin with renal failure and then laser-blasted the dolphin's kidney stones. In another pioneering feat in August, surgeons with the UCSD Medical Center's Center for the Treatment of Obesity performed the first sleeve gastrectomy, a surgery in which 80 percent of the stomach is removed through the mouth to minimize trauma to the abdomen.