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U.S. News names Tampa General Hospital tops in region

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Tampa General Hospital is the best hospital in the region and the third best in Florida, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

Other top performers in the area included Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. The two facilities tied for eleventh place in the state.

Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, meanwhile, was named the sixth best hospital for cancer in the nation, up from its 18th-place finish last year. Hospital officials said the jump was partly because Moffitt took steps to earn a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Association.

"It's especially poignant that this honor comes as we celebrate the hospital's 30th anniversary this year," CEO Dr. Alan F. List said.

U.S. News has been ranking hospitals for nearly three decades. This year, more than 5,000 facilities across the country were evaluated based on patient survival rates, infection rates, the number of times a given procedure is performed, and staffing. The rankings also take the hospital's reputation into account.

In addition to being named third best in Florida, Tampa General was ranked among the 50 best nationally in six medical specialities: cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; nephrology; pulmonology; and urology.

CEO Dr. Jim Burkhart called the recognition an honor.

"It reflects the dedication of our employees and physicians who provide the most advanced medical care, and strive for the best outcomes for our patients," he said in a statement.

The U.S. News rankings aren't the only way to see how hospitals stack up. Consumer Reports also releases annual safety scores, as does the Leapfrog Group.

Last week, the federal government released its first-ever hospital quality ratings. Hospitals received between one and five stars based on measures including death and infection rates and patient reviews.

The report roiled some hospital administrators, who said the methodology was unfair to hospitals that serve poor patients and train new doctors. Tampa General, which is a teaching hospital, received two stars.

In the federal report, the top-scoring local hospitals were Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin. Each received four stars.

Contact Kathleen McGrory at [email protected] or (727) 893-8330. Follow @kmcgrory.

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