Florida Leads Nation in Offering Top Health Care

Florida Leads Nation in Offering Top Health Care
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    Some hospital visits are unplanned, requiring consumers to make an instant decision on seeking emergency care.


Knowing the best emergency facility to visit for a particular ailment or accident recovery is important if patients are to get the proper care leading to full recovery.

For people who have the time to plan their hospital stay whether that be for elective and required surgery, knowing something about the hospital and care given can make a difference between life and death…literally. To that end HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization has identified the 50 best hospitals in the United States with six of those located in the West Palm Beach, Florida area alone.

HealthGrades’ top hospitals are found in 28 cities in 19 states. These hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5% in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at these hospitals had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death and 3 percent lower rate of complications. Based on these measurements, HealthGrades found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at similar levels, more than 500,000 Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2009.

The HealthGrades survey revealed some surprising data including noting that 86 percent of the top hospitals are not-for-profit or local government entities. Some illnesses have a far better chance of being managed including pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with mortality rates 43.82 and 42.81 percent lower respectively.

To formulate its rankings, HealthGrades evaluated approximately 140 million Medicare patient records from 1999 to 2009 for 26 medical procedures and conditions.

The top hospitals in the United States according to HealthGrades are:

Baltimore, MD:

  • Franklin Square Hospital Center
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Hospital

Cedar Rapids, IA:

  • Saint Luke’s Hospital Cedar

Chattanooga, TN:

  • Memorial Healthcare System

Chicago, IL:

  • Skokie Hospital
  • Alexian Brothers Medical Center
  • Community Hospital
  • Evanston Hospital 
  • Highland Park Hospital
  • Glenbrook Hospital

Cincinnati, OH:

  • St. Elizabeth Edgewood
  • Christ Hospital

Cleveland, OH:

  • Summa Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals
  • Akron General Medical Center
  • Marymount Hospital
  • Hillcrest Hospital

Colorado Springs, CO:

  • Centura Health – Penrose St. Francis Health Services

Dayton, OH:

  • Grandview Medical Center

Detroit, MI:

  • Saint Mary Mercy Hospital
  • Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak, MI
  • Beaumont Hospital – Troy, MI

Erie, PA:

  • Hamot Medical Center

Eugene, OR:

  • Mercy Medical Center

Flint-Saginaw, MI:

  • Genesys Regional Medical Center

Harrisburg, PA:

  • Lancaster General Hospital

Houston, TX:

  • Memorial Hermann Healthcare System – Southwest 
  • Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann the Woodlands Hospital

Jacksonville, FL:

  • Flagler Hospital Saint

Los Angeles, CA:

  • Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center
  • Saint John’s Health Center

New York, NY:

  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Community Medical Center

Orlando, FL:

  • Munroe Regional Medical Center
  • Central Florida Regional Hospital
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center/West Marion Hospital

Panama City, FL:

  • Bay Medical Center

Philadelphia, PA:

  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem Campus 
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital Allentown PA

Phoenix, AZ:

  • Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital

Raleigh, NC:

  • Rex Hospital

Richmond-Petersburg, VA:

  • Henrico Doctors’ Hospital 
  • Parham Doctors’ Hospital 
Retreat Doctors’ Hospital

St. Louis, MO:

  • St. Luke’s Hospital

Tampa, FL:

  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Traverse City, MI:

  • Munson Medical Center

W. Palm Beach, FL:

  • Martin Memorial Medical Center
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
  • Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute
  • Jupiter Medical Center
  • Delray Medical Center

Wilkes Barre, PA:

  • Mercy Hospital Scranton

HealthGrades: HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".