List of Top Hospitals 2022-2023 published by US News & World Report

  • No Treasure Coast hospitals have been nationally ranked
  • Expanding health equity assessments for 2022-2023
  • Black residents receive equitable preventive care in a hospital’s service area

The Treasure Coast is home to top-notch hospitals, according to US News & World Report’s Top Hospitals 2022-2023 Ranking.

Each of the region’s seven hospitals ranked among the top 10% nationally in at least one condition or procedure, receiving “high performance” ratings as opposed to “average” or “below mean “.

However, all local hospitals demonstrated “significant disparity” in preventing readmissions, the report said. Black patients had a higher risk than white patients of being readmitted to hospital within 30 days of being discharged after certain surgeries.

In another racial disparity, the proportion of nonwhite patients treated at multiple hospitals was lower than the proportion of nonwhite residents living nearby.

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In its 33rd year of rankings released in July, the publication expanded its measures of health equity and added surgery categories for prostate, ovarian and uterine cancer.

No hospital in Florida has done the Roll of honorwhich includes the top 20 hospitals in the United States, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles; and NYU Langone Hospitals At New York.

Sebastian River Medical Center

Sebastian River Medical Center, operated by Steward Health Care, is pictured Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Sebastian, Fla.

The region’s northernmost hospital, operated by Steward Health Care, scored average in nine categories, including diabetes and kidney failure.

Sebastian River has been ranked high performance in:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Pneumonia

It is the only local hospital that received the highest ranking for pneumonia care. His pneumonia dashboard featured “very high” nursing staffing and “above average” direct referral of patients to their homes instead of other facilities.

Sebastian River was rated below average in:

  • Back surgery (spinal fusion)
  • Hip fracture

Sebastian River treated a similar proportion of low-income patients as other hospitals. However, its provision of charitable care for uninsured patients was inferior and a “significant disparity” existed between preventing readmission in black and white patients who received knee replacement surgery.

There was insufficient data to compare the proportion of nonwhite patients to the city’s population, or to assess preventive care for black residents versus nonblack residents in the hospital’s service area.

13695 US 1, Sebastian; 772-589-3186; sebastianrivermedical.org

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital

The surgical intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic Indian River hospital in Vero Beach, Florida is pictured Friday, August 20, 2021, when all 28 COVID-19 patients in the ward were on ventilators.

Indian River was the only hospital in Treasure Coast listed among the top 20 in florida. He shares 18th place with:

Indian River was ranked average in 10 categories, including aortic valve surgery and lung cancer surgery, and high performance in:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Renal failure
  • Stroke
  • hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • COPD

Indian River was not rated below average in any category. However, it cared for a “significantly lower” proportion of Hispanic patients compared to the Vero Beach population and a “moderately lower” proportion of non-white and black patients.

Among people who had knee replacement surgery, Indian River demonstrated a “significant disparity” between preventing readmission in black and white patients.

There was insufficient data to assess preventive care for black and non-black residents of the area.

1000 36th Street Vero Beach; 772-567-4311; ccirh.org

HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital

lawn, the only trauma center on the Treasure Coastwas rated average in five categories, including heart attacks and strokes.

Lawnwood was ranked high performance in heart failure. His Scorecard in this category noted a “very high” volume of Medicare patients ages 65 and older who had the disease for five years, which “is associated with better outcomes.” The hospital has also been recognized for its transparency in publicly sharing cardiology data.

It was rated below average in:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Aortic valve replacement by catheter (TAVR)
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Back surgery (spinal fusion)
  • Hip fracture
  • hip replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Lung cancer surgery
  • Pneumonia

Lawnwood’s proportion of low-income patients and provision of charitable care for uninsured patients was similar to other hospitals. However, its proportions of non-white and black patients were “moderately lower” than Fort Pierce’s population. There was a “significant disparity” between the prevention of readmission in black and white patients who underwent heart bypass surgery.

Preventive health care in the Lawnwood service area was “significantly less equitable for black residents.” The disparity between the rates of potentially preventable hospitalizations of black and non-black residents over a five-year period has widened.

1700 S. 23rd Street, Fort Pierce; 772-461-4000; lawnwoodmed.com

HCA Florida St. Lucia Hospital

St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida is pictured Saturday, December 18, 2021. It was renamed HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital in March 2022.

One of two hospitals in the largest city on Treasure Coast, St. Lucia was rated fair in 10 categories, including colon cancer surgery and hip replacement.

Saint Lucia was ranked high performance in COPD. His Scorecard for the condition acknowledged the hospital’s use of non-invasive breathing aids for at least 20% of patients, as opposed to breathing tubes or surgery.

It was rated below average in:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Hip fracture

Saint Lucia showed a “significant disparity” between the prevention of readmission in black and white patients who had knee replacement surgery. Compared to the Port St. Lucie population, the proportions of nonwhite and Hispanic patients were lower, and the proportion of black patients was “moderately lower.”

St. Lucie was the only hospital in Treasure Coast whose service area reflected equitable preventive care for black and non-black residents. The gap between potentially avoidable hospitalization rates for black and non-black residents over five years was improving.

Although patient experience surveys were not part of the rankings, Saint Lucia was the only local hospital to earn three out of five stars. The other hospitals each got two stars.

1800 SE Tiffany Ave., Port St. Lucie; 772-335-4000; stluciemed.com

Cleveland Martin Health Clinic

Cleveland Martin Health Clinic encompasses three Treasure Coast hospitals:

The trio share the same Medicare certification number, which is why they are sometimes treated as one hospital. Together they land at No. 31 among US News’ best hospitals in floridaon par with Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

The hospital system was rated fair in nine categories, including prostate cancer surgery, and high performance in:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Renal failure
  • Stroke
  • COPD

It was rated below average in:

Like most other local hospitals, Martin Health showed a “significant disparity” between preventing readmission in black and white patients who had knee replacement surgery. However, it was the only medical center in Treasure Coast whose proportions of non-white and black patients were “comparable to or better than the community”.

Lindsey Leake is TCPalm’s Projects Reporter. She holds a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in journalism and digital storytelling from American University, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. Follow her on Twitter @NewsyLindseyFacebook @LindseyMLeake and Instagram @newsylindsey. Call her at 772-529-5378 or email her at [email protected].

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