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

7/13/2007

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

For the fourth 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 18th annual survey of “America’s Best Hospitals” to be published in the July 23 issue of U.S. News & World Report.  Three other specialties at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center were also ranked as among the nation’s best.

“This honor is testimony to the highest quality of care we provide every day to our patients, our outstanding national medical education programs, and the research advances continually made in our clinics and laboratories,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A., chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

The three other UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center programs that joined Bascom Palmer in the rankings are ear, nose and throat, which climbed to No. 17 this year from No. 22 last year; digestive disorders (32); and kidney disease (32).

“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,” said 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 5,462 hospitals evaluated, just 173 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 six out of nine advanced services, such as image-guided radiation therapy and robotic surgery.  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.

“These rankings reflect our commitment to our patients and the residents of Miami-Dade County,” said Marvin O’Quinn, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “We are proud to again have several of our specialties recognized among the best in America -- it’s a tribute to the tireless efforts of our employees.”

The July 23 issue with the rankings will be on newsstands July 16, and on the magazine’s website today.