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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Best Hospitals In 2014

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of the best hospitals in the country, and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota topped the list for the first time. 

Massachusetts General, John Hopkins Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and UCLA Medical Center round out the top five hospitals in the country. 

The yearly analysis looks at factors such as patient survival rates, adequate nursing staff, reputation with specialist physicians and patient safety, which has more emphasis this year, when putting together the list. 

While no Florida hospitals placed in the top five of the list, the publication also ranked regional hospitals. Florida has more than 260 hospitals. Seven are nationally ranked and 26 others meet standards for strong performance within the state. 

In Florida, Florida Hospital in Orlando topped the list, followed by Tampa General and UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. In South Florida, the highest ranked hospital was the Bascon Palmer Eye Institute-Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, which was also nationally ranked. 

The next best hospital in South Florida was Baptist Hospital of Miami which came in 8th place in the state. Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai followed. 

U.S. News sifted through data for nearly 5,000 hospitals and results from surveys of more than 9,500 physicians to rank the best centers in 16 adult specialties from cancer to urology. Death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation were a few of the many factors we considered. Only 144 hospitals were nationally ranked in a specialty. 

U.S. News & World Reports recommends looking at their list if your surgery calls for special expertise, or if age, physical infirmities or a chronic condition could compromise your treatment or procedure. 

The publication also reiterates that just because the hospital is the highest-ranked in a specialty, it does not mean it is the best choice. 

Approximately one in every three patients who visit a hospital will experience a hospital-related injury. Those injuries may be mild, severe or even deadly. A hospital-related injury can result in a need for additional treatment, lengthened hospital stays and readmission after discharge. 

According to one report, nearly 100,000 people die each year due to preventable medical mistakes in hospitals throughout Florida and the rest of the United States. The number of serious injuries caused by hospital mistakes has been holding steady.

Many wonderful, life-saving actions can be taken in a hospital setting. Just as many, or possibly more, life-threatening things can go wrong. When a medical mistake or hospital error results in serious injury, you may have a negligence lawsuit against the hospital that allowed you to be injured by its doctors, surgeons, nurses and other health care staff. 

For more information, contact us. 

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014-2015,

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