SMH ranks No. 1 in the region

U.S. News & World Report ranked South Miami Hospital, located at 6200 SW 73 Street, the No. 1 hospital in South Florida on its 2012- 2013 Best Hospitals Rankings. The prestigious report also ranked the hospital the fourth Best Hospital in Florida.

“We are ecstatic to receive this high-profile recognition for providing high quality, compassionate healthcare,” said Lincoln Mendez, CEO of South Miami Hospital, a part of Baptist Health South Florida.

“Our employees and physicians pride themselves in the way they care for patients with high skill, kindness and strict adherence to safety protocols, and this acknowledgement by U.S. News validates the results of their efforts.”

The annual Best Hospitals listing measures clinical data such as patient survival rates, patient safety and other hard measures with a direct link to the quality of patient care. The ranking also measures physicians’ views of a hospital’s reputation in the community.

Nationwide, nearly 5,000 hospitals were analyzed to choose the best. South Miami Hospital is one of only 3 percent of hospitals in America to earn a U.S. News national ranking.

South Miami ranked No. 42 in the country in geriatrics and No. 47 in orthopedics, marking the first time a Baptist Health hospital has earned a place on the U.S. News national ranking. The hospital also was listed as “high-performing” in nine other specialties.

Three other Baptist Health hospitals ranked in the top 10 in the metropolitan area – Baptist Hospital was No. 5, Doctors Hospital was No. 8 and Homestead Hospital was No. 10 on the list.

“This is a huge honor for us and highlights our commitment to excellence and patient safety,” said Thinh H. Tran, M.D., corporate vice president and chief medical and quality officer at Baptist Health.

University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital placed second on the list of the area’s Best Hospitals and ranked sixth in the state. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami placed fourth in the metropolitan area and was ranked No. 1 in the nation for eye care for the ninth year in a row.

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