U.S. News & World Report Names TGH Top Hospital in Tampa-St. Petersburg Metro AreaPublished: Jul 15, 2014
July 15, 2014 (Tampa, FL) - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Tampa General Hospital as the number two hospital in Florida and the best hospital in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area for 2014-2015. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. TGH is listed as one of the top 50 hospitals nationally in these four medical specialties:
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery
In addition, TGH received “High Performing” ratings in these eight medical specialties: cancer; diabetes & endocrinology; ear, nose & throat; gastroenterology & GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; neurology & neurosurgery; and pulmonology. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals analyzed made the list in at least one specialty. “We are honored to be recognized as the top hospital in Tampa Bay again this year and among the nation’s best. Tampa General has set itself apart by developing specialties that are competitive from a national perspective,” said Jim Burkhart, president and CEO. “The focus of our academic and community physicians, nurses, and hospital support staff is to continue to provide excellent care so our patients have the best possible outcomes. “The data tell the story ¬¬ a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.” 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 added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels 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. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. The rankings are available online and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available August.