TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL RANKS FIRST IN THE TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG-CLEARWATER METROPOLITAN AREA IN U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S BEST HOSPITALS METRO AREA RANKINGSPublished: Apr 4, 2011
April 4, 2011 (Tampa, FL) -Tampa General Hospital has been ranked first among the 40 hospitals in the Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings.
The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Tampa General achieved “High Performing” metro ratings in six clinical specialties: cancer; ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery, and pulmonology. This new metro ranking is in addition to U.S. News & World Report’s national recognition of Tampa General as one of the nation’s Top 50 hospitals in six medical specialties: diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, orthopedics, and urology. U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures. The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of healthcare consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. “All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” says Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”