Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
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Tampa General ranked Florida's second-best hospital in U.S

Tampa General ranked Florida's second-best hospital in U.S

Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked third for the second year in a row in U.S. News & World Report's latest rankings of American hospitals. Local hospitals didn't make the national rankings by specialty.

Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin was No. 2 in the area and No. 3 in the state while also ranking nationally in three specialties.

The specialties ranked in the top 20 in the nation are Rheumatology (10), Nephrology (13), Pulmonology (16), Cardiology and Heart Surgery (18).

The University of Tennessee Medical Center continued its history of national distinction.

The U of C attributed its better performance to being highly ranked in five of nine "procedures and conditions" categories, including heart failure, lung cancer surgery and colon cancer surgery, compared with two previously. The hospitals are also ranked #1 in the Philadelphia metro area.

U.S. News & World Report recently changed its methodology making it much more hard to achieve a rank in "High Performing" banners.

No hospital in the Southeast — or childrens hospital in the state — placed in the top 20 overall. The Walnut Creek medical center is listed at #3 locally and #14 in the state. They looked at teaching hospitals, hospitals affiliated with a medical school, hospitals with at least 200 beds or those with at least 100 beds that treated patients in at least four of eight specialties that U.S. News deemed significant.

U.S. News ranks hospitals in 16 specialty areas, which it says is created to "assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care".

U.S. News, which has been compiling the list for 29 years, said it put more emphasis this year on patient outcomes and experiences. It was one of just 158 medical centers - less than 4 percent of the 4,500 analyzed - to be nationally ranked in even one of 12 specialties surveyed for the report. Hospitals are assessed in 16 specialty areas for the rankings. Princeton Health, which joined Penn Medicine in early 2018, was ranked #10 in New Jersey and #20 in the New York Metro Area.

"We have been named the best in Texas every year since the magazine began ranking hospitals by state", said Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist."This is a tremendous achievement for our physicians and employees who dedicate themselves every day to our patients-this honor belongs to all of them".

Of the UCSF Health ranking, chief executive officer Mark Laret said: "To get to the top and remain there, you must have an unrelenting focus on the fundamentals - the quality and safety of the care you deliver, the experience patients have, and the (cost management) to provide services in today's health care market".

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