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The Reliable Way To Find The Best Tennessee Hospitals

hospitalThere are more than 150 hospitals in Tennessee. But, when faced with a life and death situation, how sure are you that the hospital where you’re planning to get medical attention provides the best care? Knowing which hospitals have the best equipment and doctors can spell the difference between life and death. But, don’t despair because there’s ways to determine the best hospitals in Tennessee.

Tennessee Hospitals Are Ranked

For 23 years in a row, all the hospitals in the state are ranked and evaluated by U.S. News to help people decide where to get skilled inpatient care. The facility, healthcare services, doctors and area of specialization are evaluated to check if it meets the criteria that they have devised when it comes to performance.

In 2013, five hospitals in Tennessee are ranked nationally. Seven other hospitals met standards for strong performance within the state. I’ve listed below the top performing hospitals in Tennessee.

1. Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN

– Nationally Ranked in 21 specialties

– High-performing in 2 specialties

2. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN

– Nationally Ranked in 10 specialties

3. Methodist Hospitals of Memphis in Memphis, TN

– Nationally Ranked in 5 specialties

– High-performing in 12 specialties

4. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN

– Nationally Ranked in 5 specialties

5. University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN

– Nationally Ranked in 2 specialties

– High-performing in 10 specialties

6. Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN

– High-performing in 11 specialties

7. Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge in Oak Ridge, TN

– High-performing in 8 specialties

8. Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN

– High-performing in 7 specialties

9. Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN

– High-performing in 5 specialties

How Can A Hospital Get Nationally Ranked?

For a hospital to be considered for a national-ranking, it must meet the following requirements. The hospital must belong in the top 25 percent of all hospitals in 12 specialties and meet various standards including specialty-specific minimums for volume of patients.

Out of the 4,793 hospitals evaluated by U.S. News, only 148 hospitals met their criteria this year and performed well enough to rank in even one specialty. And, only 17 hospitals out of the 148 got ranked in more than six specialties.

A hospital’s ranking in 12 of the 16 specialties will be based largely on objective data provided by the federal government. When it comes to these four categories: ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology, they are ranked solely on their reputation among specialists.

A hospital needs to meet at least one of the four criteria below to be eligible for ranking in any of the 12 data-dependent specialties. The hospital must be:

  • a teaching hospital
  • affiliated with a medical school
  • have at least a 200 bed capacity
  • have at least 100 beds and offer at least four of eight specific medical technologies (i.e. CT Scan and Radiation Therapy)

In order to be eligible in a particular specialty, a hospital also needs to meet a volume requirement. For example, the minimum total of orthopedic cases for a hospital to be ranked this year is 303. Out of the 303 cases, 275 need to have had a surgical procedure.

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