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Quality of Patient Care

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco are committed to providing the safest and highest quality care to patients. We measure our performance against our own rigorous standards as well as compare the outcomes of our care with top medical centers nationwide in our effort to continually improve the care we provide. We believe that sharing our results with the public is an obligation and a critical factor in our mission of continuous improvement.

At UCSF, we define optimal quality care as:

  • Superior care and outcomes
  • Outstanding patient safety
  • Care delivered in a timely manner
  • Fair, unbiased access to health care

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, which are part of the University of California, San Francisco, provide services ranging from primary care to organ and bone marrow transplants to intensive care for newborns. Our patients make 750,000 visits to our clinics annually, and our hospitals admit about 30,000 patients each year.

Take a look at our Performance Improvement Annual Report.

Our progress in maintaining the highest standards of care is reflected in our accreditations, rankings and activities:

  • Ranked one of the nation's top 10 hospitals in the annual ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Maintained full accreditation from the Joint Commission, a nonprofit agency that evaluates and accredits health care facilities nationwide.
  • Received 2012 HealthGrade awards for outstanding patient experience and excellence in patient safety. UCSF Medical Center was the only California hospital to lead in both categories and was one of only 10 California hospitals that received the award for patient satisfaction.
  • UCSF's Parnassus and Mount Zion hospitals earned an "A" for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit organization created by a group of large employers to promote high quality, affordable health care.
  • Earned the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Less than 7 percent of the nation's 5,700 hospitals registered with the American Hospital Association were awarded Magnet status as of 2011, according to the ANCC.
  • Achieved a perfect score on the LGBT Healthcare Equality Index for seven consecutive years. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which administers the index, invites health care facilities to rate themselves on providing equitable, inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families.

Today, you have many choices for where you receive health care. We believe it is critical for medical centers to provide data on performance so patients and their families can make informed decisions about where they seek care. Here is performance information on topics we think are important to patients.

If you have any questions regarding our performance or would like any other information about us, contact Patient Safety and Quality:

  • UCSF Medical Center — (415) 353-4989
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco — (415) 502-9859

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If you have any questions or comments about our performance, contact Patient Safety and Quality:

  • UCSF Medical Center
    (415) 353-4989
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
    (415) 502-9859

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