Scott & White Hospital - Temple is the only Central Texas hospital named among the nation’s Best Regional Hospitals 2011-12, according to U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals (http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals ). U.S. News annually publishes the Best Hospitals rankings in July. At the midpoint of the 2011-12 year, its editors have now recognized 247 hospitals outside major metropolitan areas, including Scott & White Hospital - Temple, as Best Regional Hospitals. Scott & White was recognized for the Prairies and Lakes region in Texas, which encompasses more than 44,000 square miles.*
“This is recognition that all of us take great pride in because it reflects the tremendous amount of work done by all of our staff at Scott & White Hospital - Temple,” said Scott & White Healthcare President and CEO, Robert Pryor, M.D. “To be listed with some of the country’s premier medical institutions is very rewarding.”
When U.S. News released Best Hospitals 2011-12 in July 2011, Scott & White Hospital - Temple was rated “high performing” in at least one of the 16 specialties they evaluate. High-performing hospitals within nearly 100 major metropolitan areas were designated as “Best Regional Hospitals.”
Hospitals like Scott & White Hospital - Temple offer a high level of medical care to communities that otherwise might have limited options, says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “All Best Regional Hospitals are what we call ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty,” says Comarow. “They are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to most patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.” Scott & White Hospital – Temple was cited for its outstanding performance in orthopedics.
U.S. News annually evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 different medical specialties. Hard numbers stand behind its analysis in most specialties-death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Physicians’ responses to a national survey, in which specialists are asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also are factored in.
The list of Best Regional Hospitals is available online at www.usnews.com/bestregionalhospitals.