3. Hoag Hospital

Hoag Hospitals remain popular with Orange County readers at least partly because they are always within easy reach of one. The Irvine hospital and Orthopedic Institute, as well as the Newport Beach hospital and its Birthing Center are centrally located with a wide array of care available, including specialties in cancer, cardiac and digestive health, as well as vascular, neuroscience, and their well-known women’s health and orthopedics departments.

Both hospitals are designated Cardiovascular Receiving Center (CVRC) for emergency cardiac care. And in Irvine’s new Fudge Family Birthing Suites, new moms can labor, deliver and recover in the same room — and have two C-section operating rooms nearby — as well as a fully expertly staffed nursery, including OB/GYN hospitalists, midwives, board-certified anesthesiologists and neonatologists.

At the same time, the Orthopedic Institute is consistently named one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the nation.