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Specialty Hospitals: The Best and the Brightest

Specialty Hospitals: The Best and the Brightest


With just over 100 designated “Specialty Hospitals” in the United States, the pressure is on to not only stand out amongst your peers, but also alongside hundreds of other “General Hospitals” that may have strong specialty departments. While the debate of Specialty vs. General is still going strong, one thing is for sure: In the decade that Special Hospitals have come about, they have proven themselves to offer equal, or better, care than their General counterparts.

There are four types of Specialty Hospital: Women’s Health, Cardiac, Orthopedic, and Surgical. NursingLink has narrowed the field to the top 3 hospitals in each category.

Women’s Health

Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, Memphis, TN

Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Prentice Women’s Hospital, Chicago, IL

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women, San Diego, CA

Cardiovascular Surgery and Health

Arkansas Heart Hospital, Little Rock, AK

Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX

The Indiana Heart Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

Orthopedic Surgery and Health

The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Murray, UT

El Paso Specialty Hospital, El Paso, TX

Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

General Surgery

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

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    I feel it would be better to train existing staff at a General Hospital, since so many "with the power" are so concerned with costs. Medicine and inpatient care should be the last place where cost is primary and healthcare secondary. Question: how can "general" surgery be considered a "specialty"?

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    My biggest concern is for duplication of services. Of course we all want to go where we can receive the best care, and places who do "a service" exclusively should have fabulous outcomes due to all that experience - but can we afford it? On the other hand, can anyone afford to go someplace that doesn't have the best outcomes available? The cost of complications can be overwhelming.

    Interesting article about a topic that is likely to impact our practice more than just a little!

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    I realy Agree with the point that emtpixie is trying to make we really do more specialty centers for Cancer, AIDS, MS

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    I can see specialty hospitals for certain diseases/disorders, but not for everything. Cancer, AIDS, MS and the like SHOULD have specialty centers, but most other things can be taken care of in a well trained general hospital.

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    We have a few of these around the state. They are a great idea, but I am not sure about cost effectiveness. Is it cheaper to build another "speciality" hospital or train staff at the local "general' hopsital?

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