Several Tarrant County hospitals made the grade in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings released Tuesday.Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth was ranked third in the region behind Baylor University Medical Center and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The Fort Worth hospital received high marks in 11 specialties including cancer, geriatric, gynecology and urology.“We regard quality of care as the most important thing for our patients,” said Harold Berenzweig, executive vice president for Texas Health Resources, adding that it is nice to be recognized as one of the top hospitals in the region. “We want everything to be as good as it can be.”Earlier this year, Texas Health Harris Methodist opened a new emergency care center in Fort Worth that has 100 beds and an area for minor issues where doctors and nurses can treat patients and have them sent home within 60 minutes.Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth and Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine tied for eighth in the Metroplex with three high-ranking categories. Both hospitals were recognized for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.“We feel very grateful for the recognition because that conveys to our on-site caregivers the quality of the work they do every day to take care of our patients and our families,” said Steve Newton, the West Region president for Baylor Scott and White Health, who oversees the Grapevine and Fort Worth facilities.Newton said the hospital system continues to focus on all of its clinical specialities and is building new emergency facilities in smaller communities to make it easier for local residents to access Baylor services. The company recently opened emergency facilities in Keller and Burleson and plans to open others in Colleyville and Mansfield.“We feel that providing those extra points of entry where many population centers are is going to be a tremendous benefit to the community,” Newton said.Five other Tarrant County hospitals tied for 12th in the regional rankings, all with one high-performing specialty: Huguley Memorial Medical Center, JPS Health Network, Medical Center Arlington, Plaza Medical Center and Texas Health Arlingon Memorial.The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., took the top spot in the magazine’s annual rankings with high-performing marks in 15 of 16 specialties. No Texas hospitals made the top 17 honor roll.However, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston ranked fourth on the honor roll of best children’s hospitals. Cook Children’s Medical Center of Fort Worth was given high rankings in 7 of 10 pediatric categories.The magazine updates its rankings every July and assesses hospitals on 16 individual specialty lists. As part of the rankings, it conducts an annual survey of physicians who are asked to name hospitals they consider the best in their field for difficult cases.
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