Florida Hospital Orlando takes top statewide honors
Of Florida’s 265 hospitals studied by U.S. News & World Report, seven were nationally ranked and 26 others met standards for strong performances within the state. Florida Hospital proved to be the strongest and most vital.
The 25th annual Best Hospitals in America ranking tabbed Florida Hospital as the No. 1 hospital in the state – for the second consecutive year. In addition, Florida Hospital ranked nationally in 10 adult specialties and was “high-performing” in two other adult specialties.
The Best Hospitals rankings are updated each July. Hospitals are grouped into 16 individual specialty lists. Most of the rankings are based on death rates for patients who represent especially challenging cases, patient safety and other measures of performance that can be assessed using hard data. An annual survey of physicians, who are asked to name hospitals they consider the best in their specialty for difficult cases, is also used. Children’s hospitals are not included in the report.
“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”
Florida Hospital was among 144 facilities, or roughly 3 percent of the 4,743 analyzed for the 2014-2015 rankings, to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties. Florida Hospital ranked among the top 50 U.S. hospitals for the following specialties: gynecology (No. 9), diabetes and endocrinology (13), gastroenterology (19), nephrology (22), urology (23), neurology (26), geriatrics (27), pulmonology (30), cardiology (38) and cancer (45).
Florida Hospital President and CEO Lars Houmann points to people as being the key prescription for success.
“This recognition belongs to the fine staff, doctors and frontline leaders at Florida Hospital who take responsibility for everything that happens to our patients every day,” says Houmann.
Having more than 18,000 employees, Florida Hospital is a 2,482-bed general medical
and surgical facility with 130,100 admissions in 2013. It performed 32,001 annual inpatient and 37,836 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 446,581 visits. Additionally, Florida Hospital is a teaching hospital and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.