Local medical centers ranked high by U.S. News and World Report

Baptist Medical Center and UF Health Shands among Best Hospitals

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center South, which share a license, were again ranked No. 1 among metro Jacksonville hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report annual Best Hospital rankings. The hospitals also ranked fourth in Florida, up from fifth last year.

University of Florida Health Shands Hospital was recognized among the nation’s best hospitals in five adult medical specialties, according to the same report.
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.

Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South were recognized in 11 of those 16 specialties, earning a national ranking in Diabetes and Endocrinology.
UF Health Shands Hospital’s highest national ranking came in urology, which rose two places to 18th nationally. The hospital also had the state’s highest ranking in urology as well as in neurology and neurosurgery, which was 37th nationally. It was the fourth year in a row that urology was UF Health Shands Hospital’s highest-ranked adult medicine program.
Of the more than 4,800 hospitals evaluated, only 147 were nationally ranked in one or more specialty. Only three percent of hospitals were nationally ranked in any of the 16 specialties and only 15 percent of hospitals are listed as high-performing.

“We pride ourselves on innovating to offer the latest evidence-based care for our patients, connecting them to all of the services they need and coordinating everything seamlessly to provide the best patient experience,” said Michael Mayo, hospital president, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. “These rankings are again a reminder that we are truly changing health care for good in Northeast Florida.”

In addition to UF Health Shands Hospital, UF Health Jacksonville also was recognized as one of the best hospitals in North Florida.

“The U.S. News rankings reflect the fact that UF Health is an academic health center in which the extraordinary quality of care we provide attracts outstanding faculty with nationally recognized expertise,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health. “In turn, faculty contribute new knowledge to their fields that improves patient care even more. It’s a virtuous circle that grows to incorporate not only faculty but students, residents, fellows and our dedicated staff.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook.

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