Visiting a hospital is something that a person really doesn’t like to think about, but it is an inevitable event for everyone, because each person gets sick or injured at some point. However, when you do actually visit a hospital, you would like to get quality medical care, which one would think any good hospital should be capable of providing.

The Tampa Bay area is rich in healthcare resources, and has kept up with the rising demand for hospitals, which has led to the emergence of some of the best hospitals in the country.

However, when faced with a medical emergency or even the need for just a routine checkup, the dearth of hospitals in the Tampa Bay can be quite confusing. Here is a brief review of Tampa Bay hospitals which should put you in a better position to know where to go if and when the need arises.

All Children’s Hospital

Founded in 1926, the All Children’s Hospital has an outpatient center at Tampa, on Bruce B Downs Boulevard. The hospital has diagnostic and surgical services available for various specializations in cardiology, endocrinology, diabetes, oncology, radiology, plastic surgery (for conditions like cleft palate), orthopedic and radiology. Specialized speech therapy and audiology services are also available. The All Children’s Hospital has been named as the top 50 children’s hospital in the US by the U.S. News & World Report.

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Google rating: 4.6 stars

Notable patient comment:

“This hospital is top notch when it comes to the care and concern of patients. I’ve been amazed by everyone we’ve been in contact with, especially the nurses and doctors who not only have the best interest of the patients, but their families as well. I couldn’t be happier with the nice team who has worked endlessly with my youngest child.” – Jenn D, St Petersburgh, Florida.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas

Founded in 1927, Florida Hospital North Pinellas is a full-service, 168-bed regional medical facility located in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Their multidisciplinary team provides the care in an environment dedicated to Christian compassion and whole-person healing for the residents of northern Pinellas and western Pasco counties. Their comprehensive list of services includes a No-Wait Emergency Department, Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Comprehensive Breast Care Center, Women’s Center, and renowned Surgical Care.

Yelp rating: 2.5 stars

Google rating: 3.4 stars

Notable patient comment:

“The care could not have been better. Everyone was professional, friendly and genuinely cared about what was going on with me. My surgeon, Dr Chisholm was wonderful, sat down and explained everything so thoroughly, answered questions and spent quite a bit of time with me until all my questions were answered.” – Tracy C.

Florida Hospital Tampa

Florida Hospital Tampa has been around since 1968 and is a landmark hospital in the Tampa Bay area. Varied services offered are cardiovascular care, neurosciences, orthopedics, women’s health, cancer and surgery. This hospital is also well-equipped with robot-assisted procedures. It is the home of the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute.

Google Rating: 2.8 stars

Notable patient comments:

“I had surgery here a few months ago and while I liked my surgeon, I was a little unsure of this Hospital. It turned out I was totally wrong. The staff here was amazingly attentive. The care was excellent and everyone was very polite and helpful. Heck even the financial people were nice!” – Mark D.

“I’ve been here and so has my husband. The nurses are pretty much on the ball and the ER is efficient. The cardiology department has a lot to be desired. They practice 1970’s medicine. I insisted that a cardiac cath be done through the arm and the doctor said he didn’t know how to do that!!!” Kathryn E.

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel

Among the top 10% in the county in terms of customer satisfaction, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is part of a chain of hospitals throughout Florida founded in 1908. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel was built recently, in October 2012. With 200 beds – considers itself a “flagship of the Adventist Health System”. Apart from the regular departments like ENT, cardiac and gynecology, special services like sports medicine, sports performance lab and women’s services are also offered.

Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars

Google Rating: 3.3 stars

Notable patient comment:

“Really a beautiful hospital. My dad was in Tampa when he had a medical emergency. He was treated very nicely the whole week he was there. I think once it has been open for a while and the doctors on staff improve, I think the rating will go up.” – Stephanie W.

 James A Haley Veterans Hospital

Located at Bruce B Downs Boulevard, the James A Haley Veterans Hospital was established in 1972. It is sponsored by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and provides healthcare and post-traumatic stress care to Tampa area veterans. A well-maintained hospital, run by highly efficient and qualified staff it has 415 beds in the main hospital. The James A Haley Veterans Hospital has state of the art facilities in cardiac catheterization, electron microscopy, open heart surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, a sophisticated intensive care unit and so on. It is also a teaching hospital, affiliated to the University of South Florida.

Yelp rating: 3 stars

Google rating: 4.2 stars

Notable patient comment:

“The staff and facilities at James A Haley VAMC are to be commended for its outstanding service to veterans, the Nation and to myself. Double thanks and commendation to the doctors, nurses and staff at Foxtrot Team and everyone else that has helped me in the past.” – Bruce S.

Laser Spine Institute

This specialist institute has been treating patients for the last 10 years, since its inception in 2005. Starting off with a single operating room, the Laser Spine Institute at Tampa today has 70,000 square feet, eight operating rooms and fifteen exam rooms. It is recognized by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Google rating: 4.4 stars

Notable patient comments:

“I can’t even put into words how compassionate and caring everyone at Laser Spine Institute was during my visit. They explained everything in great detail and we never waited more than a couple of minutes for any of my appointments… This place is amazing and if you are experience back or neck pain I highly recommend you give them a chance to help you.” – Trey S.

Memorial Hospital of Tampa

Founded in 1972, the Memorial Hospital of Tampa is located on Swann Avenue, Tampa. It has an 18-bed ER room, which considerably reduces delay in getting round the clock emergency treatment for new admissions. There are over 400 physicians with a wide variety of specialties, to ensure that patients get the right sort of treatment.

Yelp rating: 3 stars

Google rating: 2.9 stars

Notable patient comment:

“I had some medical procedures done here recently, and I’m glad I was in their hands. From the 1st person I came into contact with, to the nurse who walked me to the door, everyone had a lovely bedside manner. If/when I need a hospital, Memorial will be my first choice.” – Ian S.

Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Moffitt is one of 40 National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Founded in late 1978 on proceeds from cigarette tax by H Lee Moffitt, the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at Tampa is one of the primary cancer institutes in the United States today.

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Google rating: 4.3 stars

Notable patient comment:

“I had a wonderful experience.  They are the poster child for treating patients with kid gloves.  They get it.  You’re scared, sick, in pain, and lack knowledge… My doctor’s attitude was, we WILL figure out what is going on and fix it.  Out of all the specialty hospitals in Florida, by far, Moffitt is my favorite and best experience.” – Krista T.

St. Joseph’s North (on Van Dyke)

Located on Van Dyke Road, St Joseph’s Hospital-North was established in February 2010. It is a fully modern hospital with 8 digital operation theaters, and is also well-known for its contemporary approach to medical technology and techniques. Electronic and digital media is widely used by physicians and staff.

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Google rating: 4 stars

Notable patient comment:

 “Not that you would ‘want’ to go to the hospital, but if you are on the north side of town I would strongly recommend St. Joseph’s North” – Matt S.

St. Joseph’s Hospital on Martin Luther King Jr.

This specialty children’s hospital, St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital was founded in 1988 and is a part of the BayCare system founded in 1997. It has 24-hour emergency services for children and 80 pediatric specialists. Overnight stay is encouraged for adults and locker facility is available.

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Google rating: 4.1 stars

Notable patient comment:

“From the minute we entered their facility, both my child and I were treated wonderfully.  It was a huge difference to have my daughter’s blood drawn here vs a regular lab and I would highly recommend everyone with children to come here.” – Lisa W.

St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital (on Martin Luther King Jr.)

Founded in 1993, St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital offers specialized services in the fields of obstetrics, perinatal surgery, gynecology and oncology. It is the best breast cancer center in the region. The hospital also offers dedicated mid-life women’s programs. With 108 beds, the St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital is considered as “the best place to have a baby”.

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Google rating: 4.1 stars

Notable patient comment:

“The care after an 8 day stay of being quite ill was superior.  The nurses were providing me with extras to make me more comfortable. They tell you up front, your care is priority and I certainly felt this was true.” – Kathy D.

Tampa Community Hospital

This hospital is over 30 years old and has over 200 beds. Tampa Community Hospital offers comprehensive medical, diagnostic and surgical services. There are 500 employees out of which 300 are physicians. Some of the advanced technology of this hospital is 64 slice Computed Tomography (CT) Imaging, Robotic Surgery and a state-of-the-art Endoscopic and Endobronchial Ultrasound System which helps in early cancer detection.

Yelp rating: 2 stars

Google rating: 2.2 stars

Notable patient comments:

“Tampa Community Hospital and staff were fantastic. The ER staff, CT and Radiology was the most attentive and friendly helpful people I’ve come across in any hospital.” – Mary K.

“It’s hard to know how to rate this hospital as every visit is a different experience.. I would say that an urgent care center seems to be faster and more thorough for more minor things I believe the hospital is improving. However, the nurses are generally very rude and ignorant.” – Sara H.

Tampa General Hospital

The Tampa General Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital. situated at Tampa General Circle, has been around since 1927. It is a teaching hospital with 1,018 beds and 6,700 employees. Apart from being a burn center, the hospital has specialists in all required fields such as trauma, head and neck surgery, cardiac surgery, transplantation, women’s health and others.

Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars

Notable patient comment:

“Not only have they patched me up several times, they also successfully performed 2 organ transplants for my mother …this place is up to par and provides great service.” – Davis J.

In Conclusion

After seeing the star ratings of these hospitals and going through the reviews, it should be possible to get some idea about the hospitals mentioned here, especially if you click on the links we provided to the hospital website, Yelp reviews, and Google reviews. Some of the reviews are very colorful. If some of the reviews are harsh, it is important to note that reviews should be taken with a grain of salt and for every positive review there are going to be many more negative reviews.

Although there are several other hospitals available in the Tampa Bay Area we may not have mentioned, these are just a few of the best and most prominent ones, which should help you in considerably filtering down your search. In the unfortunate event of needing a good hospital at a moment’s notice, this list should serve as an adequate list, to help you choose a hospital that is best suited to your needs.

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