Two Scripps Health hospitals - Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla - ranked No. 1 regionally in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” list, dethroning UC San Diego Health, which had captured the top spot in each of the six prior years.

U.S. News ranked the top five hospitals in 45 metropolitan areas, as well as chose the nation’s top 50 hospitals nationwide in 16 specialties. UC San Diego Health and Scripps each received eight national rankings in specialties, according to the list, which was released Tuesday.

Of the more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals evaluated, only 150 were ranked in at least one specialty this year.

“Ranking No. 1 in San Diego and among the best in the nation is the result of the hard work of our physicians, nurses and staff who focus every day on always getting better,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. “While we are deeply honored by this recognition, it’s really our patients who are the winners because they have access to outstanding health care right here at home.”

The U.S. News’ “Best Hospitals” analysis helps guide patients who need a high level of care and recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging health conditions. Rankings are based on data that include survival rates, patient safety and nurse staffing.