WESTON, Fla. – July 20, 2011 – Cleveland Clinic Florida has been ranked as one of America’s best hospitals for gastroenterology in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, accessible online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. For the second year in a row Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked among the top 20 U.S. hospitals in gastroenterology and achieved a No. 19 ranking.
“This recognition is a testimony of the dedication and collaboration among our medical staff in our Digestive Disease Center, which includes gastroenterology, colorectal surgery and bariatric surgery,” said Bernie Fernandez, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “It reflects Cleveland Clinic Florida’s commitment to providing patients with the highest quality care as demonstrated by the positive outcomes we deliver.”
As part of this year’s rankings, U.S. News also released its metropolitan area rankings. For the second year in a row our hospital ranked No. 2 of 18 hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area.
In regional rankings Cleveland Clinic Florida achieved high performing designations in nine specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology.
The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30. The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.
The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”
Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.
The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.