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7 California Hospitals Honored by the U.S. News & World Report

Wondering if your hospital made the list this year? According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest ranking hospitals reside in California in 2017-18! With 420 health centers in the Golden State, 53 meet the exceptional U.S. News guidelines and are ranked in state. Hospitals in Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, Los Angeles and more made the cut out of more than 5,000 medical centers across the nation.

Check out where each hospital excelled in specific ranking and specialities in the list below!

UCSF Medical Center #1 in California

Ranked nationally in 15 adult and 9 pediatric specialities, UCSF Medical Center is a 745-bed medical and surgical facility with nearly 30,000 admissions in the most recent year reported. Achieving the most impressive rating possible in 8 procedures or conditions, UCSF Medical Center has had outstanding performance in specialities including Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology.


UCLA Medical Center #2 in California

Performing over 9,000 annual inpatient and nearly 17,000 outpatient surgeries, UCLA Medical Center is nationally ranked in 10 children’s specialities and 15 adult specialities including Geriatrics, Ophthalmology, and Pediatric Nephrology. High performing in certain procedures like aortic valve surgery and conditions such as heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), this Los Angeles located medical center exceeds expectations in serving the most medically complicated patients.

 

Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital  #3 in California

Based in Palo Alto, California, Stanford Health Care – Stanford Hospital has close to 500 beds with over 25,000 admissions in the latest year reported. Nationally ranked in 13 adult specialities and #1 in the San Jose metro area, this NorCal medical center has been recognized as high performing in 8 different procedures and conditions such as COPD, knee replacement, and heart failure.

 

Cedars Sinai Medical Center #4 in California

Cedars Sinai Medical Center is an LA based Medical Center that specializes in General Medical and Surgical Practice. With 885 beds and and more than 88,000 Emergency Room visits, Cedars Sinai is large and world renowned medical institution. Rated 4th in the Nation for both Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Cedars Sinai is both regionally and nationally recognized. Boasting a top 20 rating in 8 specialties, Cedars Sinai is extremely well rounded and continues to be considered one of the best hospitals in the state.

Scripps La Jolla Hospitals #6 in California

A 203-bed surgical and medical facility with over 37,000 emergency room visits, Scripps La Jolla Hospitals is nationally ranked in 8 adult specialities. With top performance ratings in Gynecology and Diabetes & Endocrinology, Scripps is also a powerhouse hospital in heart bypass surgery, lung cancer surgery, and hip replacement.

UC San Diego Health – UC San Diego Medical Center #7 in California

Regionally ranked as #2 in the San Diego metro area, UC San Diego Health – UC San Diego Medical Center outshines in 8 adult specialities, and 8 adult procedures and conditions. Transcending the rest with their high quality performance, this San Diego native medical center ranks in Pulmonology, colon cancer surgery, and aortic valve surgery.

Keck Hospital of USC #10 in California

Helping patients make the difficult decision on where to receive care, U.S. News evaluates close to 5,000 medical centers in 16 adult specialities, 9 adult conditions and procedures and 10 children’s specialities. Ranked across the country in 5 adult specialities, Keck Hospital of USC is proficient in cancer specialities, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, as well as several more procedures and conditions.

Going above and beyond in the healthcare industry, it’s safe to say these California hospitals are some of the best in the West – and across the country!

KPG Healthcare is proud to staff some of the best hospitals in the Nation. Looking for your next career move and interested in contributing to one of California’s most renowned hospitals? Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

 

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Explore San Diego on Assignment with KPG Healthcare

On assignment in San Diego? Check Out These 8 Exciting Places To Explore!

Are you a healthcare professional considering your next move? The perks of travel nursing, locum tenens and per diem are plenty – competitive wages, exploring new settings, and sometimes even paid housing. It’s a great way to save money, focus on important work, and enjoy discovering new cities. Setting off to San Diego? This sunny location wins out in great food, grand views, and beautiful beaches! The perfect location to reside as a traveling professional, this SoCal town is ranked one of the happiest cities in the nation.

If you’re searching for some fun activities and places to explore on the weekends, check out this list of the coolest spots in sunny San Diego!

San Diego Zoo

Whether you’re a fan of giraffes or elephants, discover the wonders of wildlife with animal encounters and interactive experiences at the infamous San Diego Zoo. Founded in 1916, this gigantic zoo has been around for more than 100 years and has been a leader in animal care and conservation since. This remarkable zoo is at the heart of the San Diego experience and an absolute must see for both locals and tourists.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Located right by the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is a must see. Noted as one of the most popular urban parks in the United States, this beautiful sanctuary is packed with an array of attractions throughout, including a carousel, miniature train, Cabrillo bridge, Sefton plaza, the Spanish Village art center, and much more.

La Jolla Cove

The coves are an exquisite combination of a fun beach atmosphere and a relaxing, calm ecological preserve. It is one of San Diego’s most desirable spots for swimming, diving and snorkeling. Explore its sea caves and sea life, such as the coral, sea lions, stingrays and seals or have fun on the beach and soak up the sun while you tan and enjoy the day!

Torrey Pines Natural Reserve

San Diego has a few natural preserves. One of the most widely toured parks is the Torrey Pines natural reserve. It consists of 2,000 acres of coastal state park located in the community of La Jolla off North Torrey Pines Road. Whether you decide to take a hike through it, enjoy a nice stroll, or a steady bike ride, there will be miles of beautiful beaches, elegant trees, and many different birds and park life.

Boat Tours on the Harbor

Enjoy the fantastic view of San Diego’s skyline and sea life by taking a boat tour from right in its harbor! This will give you the perfect outing and overall experience of all the major sites of the cities.

Pacific Beach

Walk the beach, check out Belmont park filled with fair-like activities and rides, and cruise on the boardwalk! Pacific Beach is always packed with a lively crowd, night or day. During the day, this stylish surf town is filled with fun water activities and when the lights go down, the nightlife turns up. Walk down Garnet Avenue and discover the different bars that make up Pacific Beach!

Petco Park

A baseball park located in the downtown area of San Diego, Petco Park doesn’t just hold baseball games. There are year round concerts and events like beer fests, monster jam, and much more! The fun at Petco Park doesn’t just stop there! There are lots of conventions and activities like segway tours, mobile massages and city cruisers waiting for you just outside.

Sunset Cliffs

Whether you do a daytime or afternoon trip, Sunset Cliffs has a wonderful view of the San Diego bay, downtown, and Coronado bridge and to top it all off, there’s an endless amount of of tasty food. Just make sure that if you are planning to go in the afternoon, you stay to watch the sunset – you won’t regret it.

Whether you spend 8 days or 8 weeks in San Diego, experience all that this beachy town has to offer when you’re traveling to different locations!

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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4 Best West Coast Road Trips

4 Best West Coast Road Trips for Your Weekend Getaway

 

One of the many things that you’ll love about being a traveling health professional is taking the time to explore new locations as you move to and from new assignments. You just can’t beat getting paid to work in the beautiful West Coast while you do some serious sightseeing. Whether you’re looking to make the most of traveling to and from an assignment or have an upcoming weekend free to explore, here’s a guide of the best road trips on the West Coast!

 

Pacific Coast Highway

Also known as Highway 1, is it one of America’s most beloved driving destinations, as there are very few routes like this one. Running for 550 miles, Highway 1 stretches along most of California’s coastline. Driving down the coastline means hours of overlooking the Pacific and its ocean views, beaches, attractions and discovering what The Golden State is all about. Give this road trip a minimum of three days.

Make your way from northern San Francisco to San Diego, or vice versa. Some popular places to stop along the way include Silicon Valley in San Jose, the popular beaches of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Barbara, Bixby Bridge and Big Sur’s breathtaking views, explore wine country and much more! Make a stop in Hollywood and some natural parks along the way – you won’t regret it!

 

Highway 395

This is one of the west coast’s (and world’s) most traveled highways. It goes through a wide range of locations mainly in California, such as the dry Mojave desert to the high Sierra Nevada and White Mountains to the marvelous Sequoia in redwoods and the highest point in California, the famous Mt. Whitney to the widely explored Yosemite and majestic Lake Tahoe.

With such a varied landscape throughout its journey, you will have plenty to see and experience. Haunt your way through plenty of ghost towns and reminisce back to California’s Gold Rush era! With an abundance of natural landscape, and even some old artwork and development going on in the state, you won’t run out of beautiful things to discover. There is plenty to see of the western life and its recreation such as fishing, boating, hiking, skiing & snowboarding year round that you can even try if time allows!

Highway 101: Oregon to the California Border

This highway winds down the entire Oregon coast, from the Columbia River to the California border. Along the way it passes through the scenic Oswald West state Park, perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, bird watching and camping, to the popular city destinations such as Portland. Tillamook and Lincoln County will also be along the way. Do you love cheese more than most people? You’re in luck – Tillamook is the home of the popular tourist attraction Tillamook Cheese factory!

Highway 101: From Washington’s Capitol to Shores

A twisty and mostly two-lane road, this trip will take you everywhere from the honorable State Capitol to its beautiful western shores. Pass through tiny villages and don’t forget to pull over for stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and a quick snack of oysters, clams and delicious seafood! You will also get the opportunity to visit the city of Forks and the Forks Timber Museum-and detour along Upper Hoh road to one of four temperate rain forests in the peninsula.

Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton is a prime place to make a pitstop and enjoy the region’s specialty, geoduck as well as some seafood. Pass through farms with llamas, yaks, bears and more. Visit Port Angeles nestled up in the Olympic Mountains, and if you have an extra day, explore the Olympic National Park, a World Heritage site and spectacular Hurricane ridge.

KPG Healthcare is proud to be your go-to source for healthcare opportunities in the West, specializing in California. Whether you’re interested in travel nursing, per diem, allied, locum tenens or permanent placement, KPG Healthcare is your trusted partner for high quality, rewarding career opportunities. Contact us today!

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