The University of California, San Francisco and the UCSF Medical Center have a long and illustrious history. UCSF was founded in 1864 by a South Carolina surgeon who moved west as part of the California gold rush. The school was already open for more than 40 years when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed most of the city and prompted the opening of the teaching-affiliated hospital in Parnassus Heights, where the main UCSF Medical Center campus remains today.
Now, the medical center has two more main clinical sites — one in Mount Zion and one in Mission Bay — in addition to its Parnassus campus. In total, the medical center includes nearly 500 licensed beds for adults, 345 licensed beds for children and 1,620 resident physicians, dentists and pharmacists in training.
In 2015, Healthgrades honored UCSF Medical Center with the Patient Safety Excellence Award. For 2015-16, UCSF Medical Center earned numerous accolades from U.S. News & World Report, including recognition as the No. 3 hospital in California and the No. 1 hospital in San Francisco. U.S. News also ranked the hospital nationally in 14 adult specialties and nine pediatric specialties. The medical center has achieved Magnet designation for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
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