Best Hospitals in California

California has about 430 hospitals, 17 of which are nationally ranked. Forty-one other hospitals met standards for strong performance within the state. U.S. News also ranks California hospitals in many metro areas, including Los Angeles and San Francisco-Oakland.

How We Rank Hospitals

Rankings in Metro Areas

Best Hospitals by Metro Area

Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino (Inland Empire), Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco-Oakland, San Jose

Best Hospitals by Region

Central Coast, Central Valley, Napa-Sonoma, Northern Coast, Northern Sierras

State Rank Hospital No. of Specialties Nationally Ranked No. of Specialties High-Performing
#1

UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

Ranked #1 in Los Angeles metro area

15 Nationally Ranked Specialties
#2

Stanford Hospital and Clinics

Palo Alto, CA

Ranked #1 in San Jose metro area

13 Nationally Ranked Specialties
2 High-Performing Specialties
#2

UCSF Medical Center

San Francisco, CA

Ranked #1 in San Francisco-Oakland metro area

13 Nationally Ranked Specialties
2 High-Performing Specialties
#4

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

Ranked #2 in Los Angeles metro area

12 Nationally Ranked Specialties
1 High-Performing Specialty

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#5

UC San Diego Medical Center

San Diego, CA

Ranked #1 in San Diego metro area

10 Nationally Ranked Specialties
4 High-Performing Specialties
#6

Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and Clinics

La Jolla, CA

Ranked #2 in San Diego metro area

Includes data from: Scripps Green Hospital

6 Nationally Ranked Specialties
7 High-Performing Specialties
#7

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, CA

Ranked #2 in San Francisco-Oakland metro area

4 Nationally Ranked Specialties
8 High-Performing Specialties
#8

Keck Hospital of USC

Los Angeles, CA

Ranked #3 in Los Angeles metro area

Includes data from: Doheny Eye Institute, USC University Hospital

4 Nationally Ranked Specialties
7 High-Performing Specialties
#9

University of California, Irvine Medical Center

Orange, CA

Ranked #4 in Los Angeles metro area

3 Nationally Ranked Specialties
8 High-Performing Specialties
#10

Huntington Memorial Hospital

Pasadena, CA

Ranked #5 in Los Angeles metro area

2 Nationally Ranked Specialties
9 High-Performing Specialties

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The Methodology & Awards

Gold — Nationally Ranked: hospitals that excel in difficult cases in one or more specialties.

Silver — High-Performing: hospitals in the tier just below nationally ranked Best Hospitals.

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