Tampa, FL (July 22, 2015) – Tampa General Hospital (TGH) has been ranked as one of the top 50 hospitals nationally in six medical specialties, and as the number three hospital in Florida for 2015-2016 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. TGH was named as one of the top 50 hospitals nationally in these six medical specialties, up from four medical specialties last year:
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
In addition, TGH received “High Performing” ratings in these four medical specialties: cancer; diabetes & endocrinology; geriatrics, and neurology & neurosurgery. For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals nationally in six medical specialties. We remain focused on providing the most advanced medical care for our patients to ensure they have the best medical outcomes,” said Jim Burkhart, TGH’s president and CEO. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”
In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers in one or more specialties, as well as hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions. U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, first published in May, to produce the state and metro rankings. The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in August from the U.S. News Store.