U.S. News & World Report magazine ranked Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo as one of the best hospitals for orthopedics in 2013-14, according to a recent news release.
The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 24th year, gave Sierra Vista a “high performing” rating for orthopedics, meaning it performed near the level of the country’s top hospitals in that one category. It was one of 415 hospitals throughout the country to earn the title; no other county hospitals received that ranking.
To qualify, hospitals had to meet several standards, including quality of care, number of patients treated, type and breadth of procedures offered and patient-to-staff ratio.
Sierra Vista was also ranked No. 45 in the state of California, although that ranking was tied between 17 other hospitals, such as the Stanislaus Surgical Hospital in Modesto and Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. No other Central Coast hospitals made the list.
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U.S. News & World Report evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. These include cancer, cardiology, diabetes, geriatrics, neurology and psychiatry.
A complete list of the rankings is available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.