US News Ranks ORMC as a Best Regional Hospital

Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) ranked first in Orlando and fourth in Florida in the just-released, annual Best Hospitals rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Criteria for Best Regional Hospitals were whether a hospital was nationally ranked in one of 12 Best Hospitals specialties, or if it had at least three ratings of high performing in a specialty or in the nine Best Hospitals common procedures and conditions.

For 2017-18, U.S News rated ORMC as high performing in all nine Best Hospitals common procedures, for which quality of inpatient care is a key factor. Of the 4,400 hospitals evaluated for common procedures such as hip replacement and heart failure, ORMC was among only 48 — or top 1 percent in the nation — that received higher-than-average ratings in all nine categories, says Dr. Thomas Kelley, Orlando Health’s Vice President of Quality and Clinical Transformation.

According to U.S. News, an overall rating of high performing indicates a hospital was significantly better than the national average in a given procedure or condition. These ratings were based on publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), including federally mandated patient-experience surveys. U.S. News’ methodology also drew on several measures from the 2015 American Hospital Association's annual survey, one measure from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and two from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

A hospital's stance on data transparency also was a consideration. For heart bypass surgery and aortic valve surgery ratings, U.S. News weighed whether the hospital had voluntarily released its STS ratings and, if so, factored in the most recent results.

August 25, 2017