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Your Aetna® PPO Access to Institutes of Excellence® & Institutes of Quality®



Whether it’s transplants or other surgical procedures, if you are enrolled in a Fresno Unified School District PPO Plan, you have access to networks of skilled and high-performing facilities.

Institutes of Excellence® Hospitals for Transplants

Sometimes the best life-saving option may be an organ or bone marrow/stem cell transplant. These operations require a special degree of skill and care.

As a member, you have access to a special network of hospitals that specialize in these services. We call these hospitals our Institutes of Excellence (IOE) Transplant Hospitals. They participate in the network but only for specific types of transplants. To support your transplant care, your plan provides nurses and coordinators to assist you under a program called the National Medical Excellence Program® (NME). This staff will work with you and your providers throughout your transplant care.

List of IOE Transplant Hospitals in California

  • California Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco)
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)
  • City of Hope National Medical Center (Duarte)
  • Children’s Hospital (Los Angeles)
  • Children’s Hospital & Research Center (Oakland)
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County (Orange)
  • Keck Hospital of USC (Los Angeles)
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center (Loma Linda)
  • Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto)
  • Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego (San Diego)
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles)
  • Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla)
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego)
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics (Palo Alto)
  • Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento)
  • UC Davis Medical Center (Sacramento)
  • UCI Medical Center (Orange)
  • UCSD Medical Center – Hillcrest (San Diego)
  • UCSD Thornton Hospital – La Jolla (La Jolla)
  • UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco)
View a list of IOE Transplant Hospitals across the country.

Institutes of Quality® Facilities for Surgery

Sometimes, surgery is the best choice for your health. But all surgery carries some level of risk, so it’s also important to look for facilities known for quality care for surgical procedures.

As a member, you have a special network of hospitals and other facilities that specialize in certain procedures:

  • Cardiac (for the heart, including coronary artery bypass surgery and atrial valve replacement)
  • Orthopedic (for the joints and spine, including total joint replacement to knee, hip replacement surgery, and spinal surgery)
  • Bariatric (for weight loss)

We call these facilities our Institutes of Quality (IOQ for short). Facilities earn IOQ status by having high volumes and producing clear clinical results in their area of specialty. This delivers value and quality to members, so you can get back to living your life.

You may need preauthorization for these services. You can view our Clinical Policy Bulletins and learn more about specific surgery coverage.

The IOQ facilities listed below receive designations for the following:

  • Cardiac: cardiac medical intervention, cardiac rhythm, cardiac surgery
  • Orthopedic: spine, total joint replacement
  • Bariatric

List of IOQ Facilities in California

  • Adventist Health Bakersfield (Bakersfield) – Bariatric
  • AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, LP (Anaheim) – Cardiac
  • AHMC Garfield Medical Center LP (Monterey Park) – Cardiac
  • Bakersfield Memorial Hospital (Bakersfield) – Cardiac
  • California Pacific Medical Center (Van Ness Campus) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • Chapman Global Medical Center (Orange) – Bariatric
  • Clovis Community Hospital & Medical Center (Clovis) – Orthopedic, Bariatric
  • Desert Regional Medical Center (Palm Springs) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • Doctors Medical Center of Modesto (Modesto) – Cardiac, Orthopedic
  • Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage) – Cardiac
  • El Camino Hospital (Mountain View) – Orthopedic
  • Foothill Regional Medical Center (Tustun) – Bariatric
  • Fountain Valley Regional Hospital & Medical Center (Fountain Valley) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • French Hospital Medical Center (San Luis Obispo) – Cardiac
  • Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital (Fresno) – Bariatric
  • Fresno Surgical Hospital (Fresno) – Orthopedic
  • Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center (Glendale) – Cardiac
  • Good Samaritan Hospital (Los Angeles) – Cardiac
  • Good Samaritan Hospital (San Jose) – Bariatric
  • Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital (Valencia) – Cardiac
  • Hoag Hospital Irvine (Irvine) – Cardiac
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital (Newport Beach) – Cardiac
  • Hoag Orthopedic Institute (Irvine) – Orthopedic
  • Huntington Hospital (Pasadena) – Cardiac, Orthopedic
  • Kaweah Delta District Hospital (Visalia) – Orthopedic
  • Keck Hospital of USC (Los Angeles) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • Lakewood Regional Medical Center (Lakewood) – Cardiac
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center (Loma Linda) – Cardiac
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (Long Beach) – Cardiac
  • Marian Regional Medical Center (Santa Maria) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • Marin General Hospital (Greenbrae) – Cardiac
  • Mercy Hospital Bakersfield (Bakersfield) – Bariatric
  • Mercy San Juan Hospital (Carmichael) – Bariatric
  • Methodist Hospital of Sacramento (Sacramento) – Orthopedic, Bariatric
  • Methodist Hospital of Southern California (Arcadia) – Cardiac
  • O’Connor Hospital (San Jose) – Orthopedic
  • Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (Fountain Valley) – Orthopedic, Bariatric
  • Orange County Global Medical Center (Santa Ana) – Cardiac
  • Palmdale Regional Medical Center (Palmdale) – Bariatric
  • Palomar Medical Center (Escondido) – Orthopedic
  • Parkview Community Hospital (Riverside) – Orthopedic
  • PIH Health Hospital-Whittier (Whittier) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (Pomona) – Cardiac
  • Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (Mission Hills) – Cardiac, Orthopedic
  • Providence Saint John’s Health Center (Santa Monica) – Orthopedic
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center (Burbank) – Bariatric
  • Providence St. Joseph Hospital (Orange) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • Providence Tarzana Medical Center (Tarzana) – Cardiac
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles) – Bariatric
  • Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills) – Orthopedic
  • San Antonio Regional Hospital (Upland) – Orthopedic
  • Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla) – Bariatric
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla (La Jolla) – Bariatric
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital (San Diego) – Cardiac, Bariatric
  • Sequoia Hospital (Redwood City) – Cardiac, Orthopedic
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego) – Bariatric
  • Shasta Regional Medical Center (Redding) – Orthopedic
  • Southern California Hospital at Culver City (Culver City) – Bariatric
  • St. Bernardine Medical Center (San Bernardino) – Orthopedic, Bariatric
  • St. Helena Hospital (St. Helena) – Orthopedic
  • St. John’s Regional Medical Center (Oxnard) – Bariatric
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Stockton (Stockton) – Cardiac
  • St. Jude Medical Center (Fullerton) – Cardiac
  • Stanford Healthcare (Stanford) – Orthopedic
  • Temecula Valley Hospital (Temecula) – Cardiac
  • Torrence Memorial Medical Center (Torrence) – Bariatric
  • Tri-City Medical Center (Oceanside) – Cardiac
  • UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest (San Diego) – Cardiac
  • University of California-Irvine Medical Center (Orange) – Bariatric
View a list of surgery IOQ facilities across the country.
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