Best Regional Medical Care for Snowbirds

When I think about choosing a snowbird destination, one of the factors I consider important is access to quality health care. I’ve typically been a pretty healthy person, and rarely need to go to the doctor other than for my annual checkup. My wife and kids have also been healthy, luckily.

But who’s to say that won’t change as I age? Although I don’t need it right now, I want the security of knowing that I’ll be able to meet with doctors who not only care about their patients, but also have the training, experience, and support to address any health issues I may have.

There are a few organization that I trust for ranking products and organizations, including Consumer Reports and U.S. News & World Report. I appreciate that they provide details behind their ranking methodology, so I can verify if their judgements align with my values. I have repeatedly used CR & U.S. News for my consumer purchases, and also trust their recommendations and rankings for help choosing my MBA program. For this post, I’ll be pulling information from U.S. News.

Throughout the U.S. there are 17 medical centers that have been classified as deserving special mention for their high degree of skill across multiple health fields and disciplines. With a few exceptions, most of these ‘winners’ are located in the Northeast. Unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to utilize any of these institutions if I’m living in the South. In case you’re curious, here are the honor role medical centers:

17. University of Michigan Hospital and Health Centers – Ann Arbor, MI
16. Indiana University Health – Indianapolis, IN
15. Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
14. Mount Sinai Medical Center – New York, NY
13. UCSF Medical Center – San Francisco, CA
12. Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL
11. NYU Langone Medical Center – New York, NY
10. UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Pittsburgh, PA
9. Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA
8. Duke University Medical Center – Durham, NC
7. NY-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell – New York, NY
6. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University – St. Louis, MO
5. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA
4. Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH
3. Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN
2. Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore, MD
1. Massachusetts General Hospital – Boston, MA

Based on this list, if you’re in NY, MA or PA you’re good. For us snowbirds, our options for these honor role centers are going to be NC or CA.

Even though I may not have access to one of the honor role institutions at all times, that doesn’t mean that I’m going to go without quality health care. Access will be available in large metro areas throughout the snowbird region. Below, I’m going to lay out those best regional hospitals. These are institutions that are in the top 25 percent nationally in one or more specialties.

 

Atlanta, GA

  • Emory University Hospital (nationally ranked in cancer treatments, cardiology & heart surgery, geriatrics, neurology & neurosugery, and psychiatry)
  • Shepherd Center (nationally ranked rehabilitation center)
  • Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, Emory University Hospital (nationally ranked in geriatrics)

 

Austin, TX

  • Seton Medical Center
  • University Medical Center Brackenridge
  • St. David’s Medical Center

 

Charlotte, NC

  • Carolinas Medical Center
  • Carolinas Medical Center – Mercy
  • Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast, Concord

 

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

  • Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas (nationally ranked in gastroenterology,gynecology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas (nationally ranked in neurology & neurosurgery)
  • Medical City Dallas Hospital, Dallas

 

Houston, TX

  • Methodist Hospital (nationally ranked cancer center, in cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear nose & throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology)
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (nationally ranked in cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear nose & throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology)
  • University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (nationally ranked cancer center, ear nose & throat, gynecology, & urology)

 

Jacksonville, FL

  • Baptist Medical Center (nationally ranked in diabetes & endocrinology, gynecology)
  • Shands Jacksonville Medical Center
  • Memorial Hospital

 

Los Angeles, CA

  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (nationally ranked cancer center, in cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear nose & throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, psychiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology)
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (nationally ranked cancer center, in cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear nose & throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology)
  • Keck Hospital USC (nationally ranked geriatrics center, neurology & neurosurgery, and ophthalmology)

 

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • South Miami Hospital, Miami (nationally ranked in geriatrics and orthopedics)
  • University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital (nationally ranked in ophthalmology)
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston (nationally ranked in gastroenterology)

 

New Orleans, LA

  • Ochsner Medical Center (nationally ranked in cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear nose & throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology)
  • Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner
  • Tulane University Hospital and Clinic

 

Orlando, FL

  • Florida Hospital (nationally ranked cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology, and urology)
  • Orlando Regional Medical Center
  • South Lake Hospital, Clermont

 

Phoenix, AZ

  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (nationally ranked cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, geriatrics, and nephrology)
  • Mayo Clinic (nationally ranked geriatrics, and nephrology)
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (nationally ranked neurology & neurosurgery)

 

Raleigh-Durham, NC

  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham (nationally ranked cancer center, in cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology)
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill (nationally ranked in cancer treatments, ear nose & throat, and gynecology)
  • Durham Regional Hospital, Durham

 

Riverside-San Bernardino, CA

  • Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda
  • Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, Fontana
  • Desert Valley Hospital, Victorville

 

Salt Lake City, UT

  • LDS Hospital (nationally ranked in gynecology)
  • University of Utah Health Care
  • Intermountain Medical Center, Murray

 

San Antonio, TX

  • University Hospital
  • Baptist Medical Center
  • Santa Rosa Hospital

 

San Diego, CA

  • UC Sand Diego Medical Center (nationally ranked in geriatrics, nephrology, pulmonology, and urology)
  • Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and Clinics, La Jolla (nationally ranked cardiology & heart surgery)
  • Scripps Mercy Hospital

 

San Francisco, CA

  • UCSF Medical Center (nationally ranked cancer center, diabetes & endocrinology, ear nose & throat, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, rheumatology, and urology)
  • John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek (nationally ranked in gastroenterology, gynecology, and orthopedics)
  • John Muir Medical Center, Concord

 

San Jose, CA

  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Palo Alto (nationally ranked in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, ear nose & throat, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, psychiatry, rheumatology, and urology)
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center

 

Tampa-St. Petersburg

  • Tampa General Hospital, Tampa (nationally ranked cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear nose & throat, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology)
  • Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa (nationally ranked cancer center)

 

As you can see, there are numerous regional medical care options throughout the areas where snowbirds will chose to live.  Florida, Texas, Arizona… they’re all on here.  Depending on where I live, I may have to drive a few hours to get to one of these hospitals.  But at least it looks like I’ll have the option to have quality health care options within a reasonable distance from home.

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