U.S. News & World Report: Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare among best hospitals in Florida

From the Tallahassee Democrat

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare in its annual rankings and ratings as being among one of the best hospitals in Florida.

TMH also received a “High Performing” designation for COPD, hip replacement and heart failure surgery — the highest rating awarded by the report for that care.

The 2020-21 report includes a review of more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in two dozen specialties, 10 procedures and conditions. It said that out of 16 specialties, only 134 U.S. hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties.

Reviews were based on hospital performance in adult and pediatric clinical specialties, procedures and conditions, according to the report. Several factors contribute to the scores, including outcomes, patient experience, staffing and more.

The ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures, according to TMH.

“Being recognized by U.S. News and World Report shows that our high-quality care is being noticed at a national level. This isn’t just a win for our organization, it is a win for our community,” said Jana Iezzi-Tumblin, vice president and chief improvement officer of TMH, in a statement.

“Here at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare,” she added, “we are very focused on our patients and their outcomes. Providing patient care that is among the best in the nation is more than our goal, it’s our commitment to those we serve.”

This year the 31st edition of the ranking includes a recognition of the “herculean efforts being mounted by the nation’s health professionals who have stepped up during COVID-19, often at great personal risk,” the report said, noting profiles of more than 64 healthcare heroes.

“The pandemic has altered, perhaps permanently, how patients get care and from whom they get it. Amid the disruption, we are steadfastly committed to providing the public with authoritative data for comparing hospital quality,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, in a statement.