Tampa General Hospital Named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2023 List of ‘Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs’

 Tampa General Hospital (TGH) has been named one of the top hospitals and health systems in the U.S. delivering exemplary heart and vascular care, according to the 2023 Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs” list.

Tampa General is one of 100 hospitals recognized nationwide, one of only six hospitals in Florida, and the only hospital in the Tampa Bay region to receive recognition on the Becker’s list.

“Tampa General takes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that allows us to deliver world-class heart and vascular care to patients throughout the Tampa Bay region and beyond, including those with some of the most complex cases,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “We are tremendously proud of this latest recognition, which is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our world-class team and to our continued investment in building one of the nation’s best and most innovative heart and vascular institutes.”

Tampa General’s inclusion on the list reflects the academic health system’s commitment to providing comprehensive, individualized care for patients with a variety of heart and vascular conditions. Tampa General is also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “high performing” in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, ranking in the top 10 percent nationally for that specialty for 2022-2023. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Tampa General as “high performing” in Heart Attack and Heart Failure care for 2022-23.

Becker’s noted that the TGH Heart & Vascular Institute “utilizes leading-edge technology to ensure top-notch care, such as 3D printing for planning aortic valve replacements, trauma surgery, cancer surgery and other reconstructions. It is also the first in Florida to perform robotic mitral valve repair with the smallest incisions and without rib spreading.” Rib spreading refers to the process of using a device to spread the ribs apart to provide better access typically during cardiothoracic surgery.

“Our team at the TGH Heart & Vascular Institute strives daily to deliver high-quality cardiovascular care that is specifically tailored to the unique needs of our patients,” said Dr. Guilherme Oliveira, vice president and chief of the TGH Heart & Vascular Institute and professor and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “That highly specialized care is made possible by our unique ability as an academic health system to bring cutting-edge research and the latest innovations to the bedside, with the goal of improving outcomes.”

Tampa General’s 200-bed Heart & Vascular Institute is staffed by 86 dedicated and highly experienced specialists and houses seven centers of excellence — including but not limited to cardiothoracic surgeryelectrophysiologyheart failureinterventional cardiology and vascular — which all collaborate to provide the highest possible level of patient care. This groundbreaking team is led by:

  • Dr. Charles Bailey, medical director, Limb Preservation-Peripheral Artery Disease Program, interim director, TGH Vascular Center of Excellence and assistant professor, Vascular Surgery, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. The TGH Limb Preservation and PAD Program seeks to prevent limb amputations through early identification and treatment of patients with critically low limb blood flow due to a severe blockage in the arteries (limb ischemia or non-healing leg wounds). The Vascular Center of Excellence is comprised of surgeons who specialize in in advanced procedures including endovascular stent grafts (a fabric tube supported by a metal mesh called a stent commonly used to reinforces a weak sport in an artery), aortic surgeries and cosmetic vein procedures.
  • Dr. Hiram Bezerra, medical director, TGH Interventional Cardiology Center of Excellence, and professor, Cardiovascular Sciences, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. The TGH Interventional Cardiology Center of Excellence is committed to providing the highest quality care to patients experiencing valvular disease, coronary artery disease, coronary microvascular disease, congestive failure and neuro-cardiac related diseases.
  • Dr. Lucian Lozonschi, associate director, TGH Heart & Vascular Institute, medical director, TGH Cardiothoracic Surgery Center of Excellence and chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. The TGH Cardiothoracic Surgery Center of Excellence offers patients leading-edge, minimally invasive valve cardiothoracic surgical procedures including coronary artery bypass and robotic surgeries.
  • Dr. Benjamin Mackie, medical director, TGH Heart & Vascular Institute’s Heart Failure Center of Excellence. Comprehensive services are provided through the TGH Heart Failure Center of Excellence to improve care throughout all phases of a patient’s journey which includes remote monitoring options, interventional procedures as well as genetic counseling and diagnosis in support of cardiac transplantation.
  • Dr. Aarti Patel, medical director, TGH Cardiac Imaging Center of Excellence and professor of Cardiovascular Sciences, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. As a subspecialty of diagnostic radiology, cardiac imaging diagnoses diseases of the heart using X-rays, echocardiograms (ultrasounds), CT and MRI scans.
  • Dr. Debbie Rinde-Hoffman, vice-chief of Business Development and Physician Network, TGH Heart & Vascular Institute.
  • Dr. K. Eric Sommers, director of Quality, TGH Heart & Vascular Institute.
  • Dr. David Wilson, medical director, TGH Electrophysiology Center of Excellence, medical director, Lead Extraction and Management Program and associate professor, Cardiovascular Services, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. At the TGH Electrophysiology Center of Excellence, cardiac clinical electrophysiologist are trained in the electrical activity of the heart and are caring for patients diagnosed with heart arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm).

“Rankings such as this one can be helpful for patients and their families when making decisions about their heart care,” said Tara Collet, senior administrator, TGH Heart & Vascular Institute. “They verify that Tampa General’s heart specialists are continuously on the forefront of driving innovation to provide the most advanced care available in the area.”

Tampa General was the first health system in Florida to offer a minimally invasive robotic procedure for mitral valve repair and utilizes state-of-the-art technological advancements such as 3D printing for planning aortic valve replacements, trauma surgery, cancer surgery and other reconstructions. As part of the region’s leading academic health system, Tampa General is also investigating breakthrough treatments and conducting clinical research to advance heart and vascular care in partnership with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Inclusion on the Becker’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs” list is the latest among several high-profile recognitions for Tampa General Hospital, including:

To learn more, visit TGH Heart & Vascular Institute.


Tampa General Hospital, a 1,040-bed, not-for-profit, academic health system, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Hospitals, and is tied as the third highest-ranked hospital in Florida, with seven specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. Tampa General Hospital has been designated as a model of excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list. The academic health system’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious Forbes magazine rankings – first nationally in the 2022 America’s Best Employers for Women and sixth out of 100 Florida companies in the 2022 America’s Best Employers by State. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2021, provided a net community benefit worth more than $224.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education, and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With six medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed Neuroscience, Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of FloridaIt also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health, and 21 TGH Imaging powered by Tower outpatient radiology centers throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Palm Beach counties. Tampa Bay area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics. To see a medical care professional live anytime, anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer, visit Virtual Health | Tampa General Hospital (tgh.org).  As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is the first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that provides real-time situational awareness to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost. For more information, go to www.tgh.org.


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