The latest part of our best regional hospitals and medical centers focuses on Northern California; again, all of the hospitals have been listed alphabetically. Our list aims to highlight hospitals and medical centers that excel in medical specialties and are developing innovation in medical practices.For the purposes of this series, we’d like to borrow the definition of Chuck Lauer, former publisher of Modern Healthcare, writing for Becker’s Hospital Review: “For purposes here, I’d like to put the emphasis on “community.” An academic medical center can serve an entire region, and a healthcare system can blanket many states, but a community hospital needs to remain firmly anchored to its roots –– the people it serves. Local businesspeople sit on its board, the hospital is the nexus for local healthcare services and the CEO speaks regularly at the Lion’s Club.” If you see your organization on here, and notice an error or inaccurate reporting, please feel free to let us know in the comments.
John Muir Medical Center
Staff: approx. 5,001-10,000
Patient Visits: 309,157
Operating Income: $1,406,012,000
With four nationally ranked specialties, John Muir Medical Center is among U.S. News top Californian Hospitals. John Muir Medical has received awards from Magnet, a gold seal of approval accreditation from The Joint Commission, among a list of other accomplishments. It is also notably accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. John Muir Medical Center has also established the John Muir Physician Network, a collaboration of 900 physicians spread out among 24 facilities in the Contra Costa County offering a variety of specialties and innovative care.
Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
Patient Visits: 1.42 Million
Revenue: Not for Profit
With seven high ranking specialties by U.S. News, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center is well established in medical expertise. Specialties include Cancer, Geriatrics, and Gynecology, with a vast number of care departments. Kaiser Santa Clara is also working to focus on collective health issues in its community, teaming with other not-for-profit hospitals to organize and address top community medical needs. Kaiser Santa Clara benefits from being part of a large, award winning collection of Kaiser hospitals located throughout California.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Staff: approx. 5,001-10,000
Patient Visits: 850,430
Revenue: $1,633, 657,131
Since the late 19th century, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has built itself into a 574 bed facility dedicated to the needs of their community, regardless of their financial limitations. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has received accreditation from the Joint Commission, as well as accreditation from the American College of Centers for its Trauma Center & Pediatric Trauma Center. In both 2010 and 2011, Santa Clara Valley Medical received the California Healthcare Foundation Grant for the Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship Program.
Staff: 900 (345 medical)
Patient Visits: 115,314
Revenue: $226 Million
As a nationally ranked hospital, Sequoia Hospital highlights its medical care by maintaining a position in the top percentile of nationally ranked hospitals in patient satisfaction. Sequoia Hospital has been selected as one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals by HealthGrades, who have also given the hospital the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence 8 consecutive years. In May, Sequoia Hospital received a $350,000 grant for its Post-Discharge Transition Program.
Stanislaus Surgical Hospital
Staff: approx. 250 to 499
Patient Visits: 15,000 cases a year
Revenue: approx. $20 to $50 million
Stanislaus Surgical Hospital is one of the few surgical centers in Northern California, and has invested heavily in operating room technology to increase sterilization and decrease surgical risks. HealthGrades has given recognition to Stanislaus for a number of different areas, including the Joint Replacement Excellence Award (three years running), as well as the Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2013. U.S. News gave it a national ranking for its work in Orthopedics, and listed it as a top hospital in California.
Stanford Hospital and Clinics:
Beds: 613 (475 Staffed)
Staff: 7,936 (2,136 Medical)
Outpatient visits: 643,806
U.S. News ranked Stanford Hospital and Clinics with 13 adult specialties, including cancer, orthopedics, and cardiology, as well as placement at number 2 in California’s top hospitals. Stanford Hospital treats an array of disorders related to their list of specialties; the reason for such outstanding care lies in its research and innovation into each field. Stanford’s relationship with other hospitals promotes pioneering care for patients, and motivates the advancement of healthcare.
St. Joseph Hospital
Patient Visits: 183,189
Revenue: approx. $196 Million
St. Joseph’s clinical work extends into the greater Humboldt County offering community grants for other medical clinics aiding the poor. St. Joseph’s Hospital has also recently partnered with Stanford Hospital to advance patient care, clinical research, and education; this access to resources will provide Northern Californians the convenience of remaining in Humboldt County while still receiving state-of-the-art healthcare. With six ranked specialties, St. Joseph’s is as dedicated to its quality of care as it is to the community in which it is based.
University of California, Davis Medical Center
Staff: 1,630 (880 Physicians)
Patient Visits: 1.13 Million
Operating Revenue: 1,337,229 (in thousands)
University of California, Davis’ Medical Center has earned 12 national highly ranked specialties from U.S. News, and has become a major research hospital for fighting cancer; 225 cancer research scientists received $99 million to fund 377 research projects all aimed at fighting cancer. UC Davis serves 33 Northern California counties, equating to 65,000 square miles of potential patients and even greater responsibility for organized, quality health care. Most recently, Davis’ Children Hospital received the Excellence in Life Support Award from the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization for is Extroporeal Life Support Program.
UCSF Medical Center
Beds: 690 (both centers)
Patient Visits: 770,000
Revenue: $1.6 Billion
UCSF Medical Center is listed as a top 10 hospital in the nation by U.S. News, offering innovative care and advances in medical research. UCSF is ranked #1 in the San Francisco metro area, beating out a number of small and large hospitals, while also garnering three awards from Practice Greenhealth for environmental excellence in hospital operations and facilities. UCSF also serves as a collaborative center for healthcare professionals to meet and expand on new hospital innovations.
Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees
Patient Visits: 346,536
Total Operating Revenue: $459,234,000
Started by citizens, Washington Hospital in Fremont has grown into an award winning regional hospital serving the East Bay Area. Recently, Washington Hospital received the distinction as a “Baby Friendly Hospital” from the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a program launched by the World Trade Organization and UNICEF. Washington Hospital continues to update and expand its online services for patients, last year partnering with UCSF to integrate and enlarge their healthcare database.