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Tampa General big regional winner in latest U.S. News hospital rankings



tampageneralthomasmgoethe2000.jpgWake up and good morning. Of 40 Tampa Bay metro area hospitals reviewed by U.S. News & World Report, Tampa General emerges as the "best" in the magazine's annual health rankings of 5,000 hospitals nationwide. U.S News cited Tampa General as nationally ranked in six specialties: #31 in diabetes and endocrinology; #32 in geriatrics; #36 in heart and heart surgery; #50 in kidney disorders; #25 in orthopedics; and #35 in urology. See more details on Tampa General's ranking here. In a survey of the hospital patients -- -asked Would you recommend this hospital to friends and family? -- 71 percent said definitely yes and only 6 percent said probably not or definitely no. (Photo: Care at Tampa General, by Thomas M. Goethe, St. Petersburg Times.)

Right behind at No. 2 in the area is Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. It ranked #19 nationwide for, of course, its cancer specialty. Read more here.  No feedback on satisfaction from patients was offered on Moffitt in the survey data.

At #3 for the area is Brandon Regional Hospital, which, says U.S. News, "performed nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals in 4 adult specialties." Read more here.  Among patients, 51 percent said they would recommend it and 12 percent said no.

And at #4 is Community Hospital of New Port Richey, which "performed nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals in 1 adult specialty" -- gynecology. Read more here. Among patients, 59 percent said they would recommend it and 9 percent said no.

Both Brandon Regional and Community Hospital happen to be owned by HCA, Hospital Corporation of America.

Not to be shut out completely, Pinellas County was cited for All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg as the #1 children's hospital in the area (is that a competitive niche?), with the hospital ranking #26 nationally in pediatrics and urology. Read more here. No feedback on satisfaction from patients was offered on All Children's in the survey data. On Monday, Baltimore's prestigious Johns Hopkins Health System announced it has completed its merger with All Children's. It's not a financial merger, per se, but it does intermingle Johns Hopkins management with All Children's. And it is the first time Hopkins has joined with a hospital outside of the Washington Baltimore area. Read more here and here.

Here's a link to the entire U.S. News best hospitals rankings.

-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times 

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 7:17am]


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