The top three hospitals in the state each from the Super Region?
That’s what the 25th annual ranking of the Best Hospitals in America revealed from U.S. News & World Report. The highly regarded digital magazine’s 2014-15 report identified Florida Hospital Orlando (pictured above) as the No. 1 hospital in the state, for the second consecutive year, with Tampa General Hospital and Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville placing second and third, respectively, out of 265 hospitals in Florida.
In addition across the Super Region, Sarasota Memorial and Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa) ranked fifth and sixth, while Orlando Regional Medical Center was tabbed at 10th-best in the state.
The Best Hospitals rankings are updated every 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 reputational survey of physicians also is used, with doctors 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.
Notably, the state’s big winner — Florida Hospital Orlando — 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 10 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).
Nationally, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., topped the overall list, beating out Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
U.S. News & World Report Snapshots
Florida Hospital Orlando is ranked nationally in 10 adult specialties. It was also high performing in two adult specialties. Florida Hospital Orlando is a 2,338-bed general medical and surgical facility with 130,100 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 32,001 annual inpatient and 37,836 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 446,581 visits. Florida Hospital Orlando is a teaching hospital. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Tampa General Hospital is ranked nationally in four adult specialties. It was also high performing in eight adult specialties. Tampa General is a 1,018-bed general medical and surgical facility with 40,522 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 13,513 annual inpatient and 14,221 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 82,844 visits. Tampa General is also a teaching hospital and accredited by CARF.