One of America's Best Hospitals 

The 2009 "America's Best Hospitals" rankings from U.S.News and World Report  are out and once again, Jackson Memorial Hospital, in association with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, made the list.  Two specialties -- ear, nose and throat (No. 20), and geriatrics (No. 35) -- were ranked. For the sixth year in a row, the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute also earned top honors as the number one hospital in the country for ophthalmology.

The standards for ranking in “Best Hospitals” are rigorous. Out of the 4,861 hospitals evaluated, just 174 scored high enough this year to be ranked in any specialty.  To be considered at all, a hospital had to satisfy at least one of three requirements:  be a teaching hospital, have at least 200 beds, or have at least 100 beds plus at least four out of eight key medical technologies such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapy.  For consideration in a specialty, hospitals had to admit and treat a minimum number of patients with complex conditions, or have been recommended by at least one physician. Click on the image at the left to access the rankings online. The list will also be featured in the August issue ofU.S.News & World Report .

“These rankings are yet another example of our continued commitment to providing quality, compassionate medical care to the residents of South Florida and beyond,” said Eneida Roldan, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “I am extremely proud and congratulate all of the doctors, nurses and staff for their hard work and commitment to our patients and their well-being.”

“These annual rankings recognize the exceptional quality of the clinical care we provide to our patients every day,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth-University of Miami Health System.  “We are proud to be recognized for our world-class academic medicine.”

Ear, Nose and Throat: Experts in the Department of Otolaryngology lead the way in the treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, throat and neck. In fact, the Cochlear Implant Program is one of the most comprehensive and busiest programs in the nation, having helped restore hearing to more than 400 deaf children and adults.

Geriatrics: Our geriatrics program is committed to the improvement of health, independence, and quality of life of older persons and focuses on reducing the burden of dependent persons through a variety of special programs and services.

Ophthalmology: Since its founding in 1962, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center has nurtured an internationally-acclaimed faculty. Its continuing legacy is more than four decades of pioneering work that has revolutionized the way numerous ophthalmic conditions are diagnosed and treated. Each of the institute's physicians specializes in at least one area of ophthalmic care and has completed fellowship training in one or more subspecialties.

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