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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Again Ranked Nationís No. 1 Eye Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

7/7/2006


Five additional programs at UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center receive high rankings


For the third year in a row, the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute was ranked the Number One hospital in the country for ophthalmology in the 17th annual survey of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. Five other specialties at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center were also ranked as among the nation’s best.

“This prestigious ranking is a direct result of the dedication of our physicians, scientists and staff, as well as the longtime support of thousands of Floridians,” says Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “All of South Florida can celebrate the achievement of being ranked the best in the nation.”

The five other UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center programs that joined Bascom Palmer in the rankings are ear, nose and throat, which climbed to No. 22 this year from No. 31 last year; neurology and neurosurgery, which rose from 46 to 25; digestive disorders (27); kidney disease (28); and urology (39).

“One of our most important missions is to provide excellent patient care, to always do the right thing for the patient, and these prestigious rankings recognize the superior quality of that care,” says Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School of Medicine.  “We are extremely proud to be recognized for the world-class medicine we provide for the residents of South Florida and beyond.”

The standards for ranking in “Best Hospitals” are rigorous. Out of the 5,189 hospitals evaluated, just 176 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:  membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals, affiliation with a medical school, or availability of at least 9 of 18 key technology-related services, such as shaped beam radiation, an advanced cancer 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.