July 16, 2007 - Orlando, FL - For the ninth consecutive year,
Florida Hospital has been recognized in the U.S. News and
World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" issue that went
on newsstands July 16. Florida Hospital made the list for
its Endocrinology (Diabetes) services and is the only
hospital in Central Florida to be named.
"Florida Hospital is honored and privileged to be ranked
among the prestigious hospitals on this year's list," said
Lars Houmann, president of Florida Hospital. "This
distinction is a much-deserved honor for our physicians
and staff who work hard everyday to provide world-class
patient care and fulfill our mission to extend the healing
ministry of Christ."
Out of the 5,462 hospitals that were evaluated for this list,
only 173 hospitals, including Florida Hospital, scored high
enough to be listed this year.
Florida Hospital is listed in the Endocrinology (Diabetes)
category for its services in this area. Opened in 1993, the
Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute has more than 40,000
patient visits a year, making it one of the busiest facilities
in Florida. In fact, of the 50 hospitals on the Endocrinology
list, Florida Hospital has the highest patient volume.
"This honor is yet another confirmation that Central Floridians
receive world-class health care right here in Central Florida
through our comprehensive diabetes and endocrinology care,"
said Barbara Joswick, administrator of the Florida Hospital
Diabetes Institute. "Florida Hospital and the Florida Hospital
Diabetes Institute are committed to providing state-of-the-art
care, lifestyle training and self management education to all
people with diabetes and their families. In addition, we actively
participate in research for new therapies that will ultimately
help our patients control their diabetes, reduce complications,
and lead healthy, productive and enjoyable lives."
The 18th annual edition of U.S. News and World Report's
"America's Best Hospitals" is a resource for consumers who are
seeking maximum care in the diagnosis, treatment and
management of a difficult medical problem. According to the
publication, "most of the institutions ranked are referral centers,
where the sickest patients are sent for advanced care. Such
hospitals follow - and often pioneer - new treatment guidelines.
They conduct bench-to-bedside research. And they exploit the
latest advances in imaging, surgical devices, and other technologies."
Opened in 1908, Florida Hospital is one of the largest not-for-profit
hospitals in the country, caring for more than a million patients per
year - that's more than any other hospital in the country, according to
the American Hospital Association. The more than 1,900 -bed
system, comprised of seven hospitals and 16 Centra Care walk-in
medical centers, has been recognized by U.S. News and World
Report as one of the best hospitals in the country for the past nine years.