TAMPA GENERAL AMONG NATION'S BEST HEART PROGRAMSPublished: Feb 20, 2013
February 20, 2013 (Tampa, FL) - Tampa General has been named one of the nation's "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs" by Becker's Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication. The publication's editorial staff selected hospitals based on clinical accolades, recognition for quality care and contributions to the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, according to its website. In addition, the hospitals were chosen for their excellence in heart care and research by reputable healthcare rating resources, including U.S. News & World Report, Healthgrades, Thomson Reuters, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Tampa General is the only Hillsborough County hospital, and one of only two Tampa Bay area hospitals to make the list. Eleven Florida hospitals were named. Tampa General's Cardiovascular Center has six cardiac catheterization laboratories and six interventional radiology suites. It has nine cardiovascular operating rooms, including a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room where the most complex cardiac surgeries, such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures, are performed. Complex arrhythmia procedures, including atrial fibrillation ablation and ventricular tachycardia ablation, are also performed at the hospital. Physicians with the hospital's heart transplant program have performed more than 1,000 transplants, which is the fifth busiest heart transplant program in the country with one of the highest survival rates. In 2012, Tampa General began offering an investigational treatment for people battling treatment-resistant hypertension. Since 2008, U.S. News & World Report has rated Tampa General as one of the nation's Top-50 hospitals in cardiology and cardiac surgery. In 2012 U.S. News also ranked Tampa General the number one hospital in Florida. Tampa General also has been designated as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 2005. It is the highest recognition a hospital can receive for quality nursing care. Tampa General is one of only 22 Florida hospitals and one of 395 nationally to have earned Magnet status. Becker's Hospital Review features up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems and is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs and CFOs.