UM/Jackson Named No. 1 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Metro Area's Best Hospitals

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center has been ranked No. 1 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, posted online March 29.
The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures. In the most recent survey published in July 2010, University of Miami/Jackson was recognized as a Best Hospital in three specialties: ear, nose and throat, neurology and neurosurgery and kidney disorders. The University’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute was ranked the No. 1 eye hospital in the country for the seventh consecutive year.

In the new metro rankings, in addition to the four specialties in which UM/Jackson is nationally ranked, the medical center also had eight high-performing specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and urology.

U.S. News says the new metro area rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital that may be far from their home. The rankings are designed to make it easier for patients and their families to find a hospital that has a record of high performance in key medical specialties in their health insurance network and perhaps closer to where they live. In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area travel distance is not as much of an issue as it is in other parts of the country.

“We are proud that the University of Miami/Jackson has been ranked as a Best Hospital for more than 20 years, and now to have this new distinction as No. 1 in the metropolitan area is an added bonus,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of UHealth -University of Miami Health System. “This distinction speaks to our mission to provide excellence in medical care to every single patient we encounter.”

“It is a great honor for UM/Jackson to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best hospital in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area,” said Eneida O. Roldan, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., President and CEO of the Jackson Health System. “This recognition reaffirms UM/Jackson’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care to everyone who walks through its doors. It is also a testament to the unparalleled expertise of our medical staff and our cutting-edge research.”

The new rankings identify hospitals that performed nearly as well as the nationally ranked Best Hospitals in at least one of 16 adult specialties. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of the specialties to be considered high-performing. Of the 69 hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area only 18 made the new ranking.

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