U.S. NEWS MEDIA GROUP’S 2010-11 BEST HOSPITALS RANKS TGH IN NATION’S TOP 50 IN SIX MEDICAL SPECIALTIESPublished: Nov 1, 2010
By Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General Hospital has been ranked as one of the country’s Top 50 hospitals in six medical specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals. The six medical specialties include: Diabetes and Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Heart and Heart Surgery, Kidney Disorders, Orthopedics, and Urology. The rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and featured in the August print issue of U.S.News, available on newsstands July 27. Tampa General first appeared in the national magazine’s rankings of America’s Best Hospitals in 2005 for its orthopedics program. Orthopedics has been listed every year since then. This year’s rankings mark the fourth consecutive year for kidney disorders and urology, and the third consecutive year for heart and heart surgery. Last year the hospital earned Top 50 honors for geriatrics and diabetes. The magazine combined the specialties of endocrinology and diabetes last year. Best Hospitals 2010-11 includes rankings of 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, including cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose, and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology, and urology. Full data is available online for another 1,740 hospitals that qualified for ranking but did not score high enough to be ranked. Ron Hytoff, President and CEO of Tampa General, said the rankings are a product of the teamwork that exists between hospital staff, the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and community medical providers. “Quality patient care is a product of this teamwork," Hytoff said. "When you have doctors working hand-in-hand with nurses and other clinical specialists you provide better outcomes for sick patients." The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties - ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology - hospitals were ranked on reputation alone. To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of medical technology considered important in a high-quality medical facility, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precision radiation therapies. Next, the hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty. A hospital that fell short could still qualify if it had been nominated by at least one physician in any of the U.S. News Best Hospitals reputational surveys conducted in 2008, 2009, and 2010. “When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for yourself or someone close to you,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “These hospitals are accustomed to seeing the sickest patients day in and day out.” Tampa General is a 988-bed acute care hospital on the west coast of Florida that serves as the region’s only center for Level 1 trauma care, comprehensive burn care and adult solid organ transplants. It is the primary teaching hospital for the University of South Florida College of Medicine. TGH is also one of 16 comprehensive stroke centers in Florida and is a state-certified spinal cord and head injury rehabilitation center.