Thursday, February 22, 2018
Health

U.S. News again names Tampa General Hospital best local hospital, No. 2 in state

TAMPA — Tampa General Hospital has been ranked as the No. 2 hospital in Florida by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row.

TGH, ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area by the magazine, was also listed as one of the top 50 hospitals nationally in four specialities: cardiology and heart surgery; nephrology; orthopedics; and urology.

Florida Hospital Orlando was named No. 1 in the state. Other Tampa Bay hospitals in the top 20 statewide include Moffitt Cancer Center (No. 6); St. Joseph's Hospital (No. 14) and St. Anthony's Hospital (No. 19).

Moffitt was named No. 1 cancer hospital in the Southeast.

All Children's Hospital was named one of the top 50 pediatric hospitals in the nation in three specialties: cancer, cardiology, and heart surgery and orthopedics. Pediatric hospitals are rated by specialty, not overall.

Though it is one of many guides now available, U.S. News' hospital report is among the best-established.

"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," Jim Burkhart, president and CEO of TGH, said in a statement. "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."

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.

Patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties, according to U.S. News.

"The data tell the story — a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," Avery Comarow, editor of the U.S. News health rankings, said in a statement.

In the Tampa/St. Petersburg metro area, TGH, Moffitt and St. Joseph's are the top three, followed by St. Anthony's in St. Petersburg and Florida Hospital Tampa.

Contact Jodie Tillman at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @JTillmanTimes.

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