Regular trips to your primary care physician are essential for wellness, but your needs will likely change once you are 65 years of age or older. Chronic health conditions at that stage of life can benefit from the expertise of a geriatrician. Making the switch from a primary care physician to a senior care specialist will be easier using the resources provided within this guide.
There are a variety of services available for Jacksonville-area seniors including several top-ranking hospitals and medical centers. This listing includes an overview of geriatric services and senior care options for those residing within the Jacksonville area.
U.S. News & World Report reviews and ranks the collected data from almost 5,000 hospitals nationwide and creates a listing for major metropolitan cities. The posted scores are based on a variety of factors that include patient safety and services along with nurse staffing and survival rates. The reviews include ranked scores for geriatrics and senior care specialty services.
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville achieved recognition as a nationally ranked hospital for eight adult specialty areas including geriatrics, which earned the hospital the leading spot on the rating list. This hospital also ranks as the best regional hospital in Florida and within the Jacksonville metropolitan city area. The Mayo Clinic is ranked “high performing” for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery.
Patient safety ratings posted on the U.S. News & World Report review of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville received a perfect scorecard ranking. Reviews for patient services are also high, for areas that include an “arthritis center and wound-management programs.” Additional senior services provided by the Mayo Clinic include the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, which is supported by the National Institute on Aging.
Nationally ranked Baptist Medical Center is noted for its high-performance ratings for the adult procedures and conditions of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery. This medical center received regional recognition for hospitals in Florida and within the metropolitan area of Jacksonville. The Baptist Health’s Age Well program provides geriatric care services, which treats a variety of health conditions and helps seniors to maintain their independence.
U.S. News & World Report lists the University of Florida (UF) Health Jacksonville as another top regionally ranked hospital in Florida and within the Jacksonville area. UF was awarded “high performing” rankings for the adult procedures and conditions of COPD and heart failure.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, previously known as St. Luke’s Hospital, also received “high performing” rankings for the adult procedures and conditions of COPD and heart failure. The medical center’s scorecard was recognized for its level of care provided through patient services.
Memorial Hospital was awarded “high performing” reviews for COPD and heart failure services by U.S. News & World Report with scorecard ratings at the level of “best” for both areas.
It can be difficult at times to locate health care professionals that specialize in the area of geriatrics as they may sometimes be listed under other categories such as internal medicine or family practitioners. Helpful resources to check out include the WebMD’s physician directory. US News & World Report has the doctor finder that finds practitioners based on location, specialty, and name. Geriatricians can also be located using a search tool provided by the AARP.
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