When it comes to receiving the best health care, St. Augustine residents don’t need to choose from a multitude of facilities. All they need is award-winning Flagler Hospital. Thanks in part to its four acclaimed centers in different specialties – spine, cancer, heart and bariatric surgery – Flagler was named among U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals 2007.
In fact, the same publication also ranked Flagler among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for clinical outcomes in neurology and neurosurgery. Dr. Miguel Machado leads the neurosurgical team at Flagler, along with neuro-certified nurses, radiologists, anesthesiologists, technologists and rehabilitation therapists. The staff is completely trained to perform craniotomies for the treatment of brain injuries, spinal surgeries and brain tumors, with more than 600 surgical procedures completed every year.
Cancer patients can also expect the best from Flagler during both the diagnosis and treatment of their illness. Recovery and rehabilitation services are available for follow-up care, and the Cancer Care Resource Center is a community accessible to patients to provide them with the most up-to-date information as possible. In fact, the cancer program received top ratings in 2006 from the Commission on Cancer, placing them in the top 15 percent nationwide. The Heart Center at Flagler Hospital, which performs about 300 open-heart surgeries annually, is in the top 5 percent in the nation for overall cardiac care and surgery. In 2008, the hospital also received prestigious excellence awards for coronary intervention, cardiac care, cardiac surgery and pulmonary care from the hospital-ranking system HealthGrades.
In addition, HealthGrades awarded Flagler the same honors for gastrointestinal care and surgery, general surgery, orthopedic care, spine surgery, stroke care and women’s health, nearly sweeping the excellence awards – so St. Augustine residents can rest assured they are in good hands at Flagler.