Regular visits to your doctor for a checkup are an important step to maintaining overall health and wellness. Seniors that are 65 years of age and older can benefit from the specialized services provided by geriatrics professionals. Geriatricians are a good choice to provide primary care for older adults being treated for chronic health conditions.
The Knoxville-area is home to many geriatric medicine practitioners as well as several excellent hospitals and medical centers that achieved top scores and rankings by U.S. News & World Report. This guide includes a variety of geriatric care resources, and highlights top ranked health care providers in the Knoxville area.
U.S. News & World Report periodically reviews close to 5,000 hospitals and ranks them based on a variety of factors. Criteria that figure into the overall rating scores for each of the health care providers include patient services and safety, nurse standards and staffing, and overall survival rates. The ratings include national as well as regional state rankings for metropolitan areas and major cities.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center is a regionally ranked teaching hospital rated as “high-performing” in several adult procedures and conditions that include abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery and heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery. The medical center is nationally ranked by U.S News & World Report for the adult specialty of pulmonology.
U.S. News & World Report gave the University of Tennessee Medical Center top scores on their geriatric scorecard for their patient services, with a top “best” rating. High marks for this hospital include the areas of nursing standards and staff intensivists trained to provide specialty intensive care for patients. The medical center provides a wide range of health care services that includes cancer specialists, palliative care, orthopedics, and rehabilitation.
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is a regionally ranked Tennessee hospital that rates as “high-performing” for the adult procedures and conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. The geriatrics scorecard for Fort Sanders notes the availability of staff intensivists that have specialized training to provide care for patients within an intensive care unit. The medical center also got high marks with a rating of 5 out of 5 for patient safety.
The Geriatric Nursing Program (NICHE) at Fort Sanders Medical Center educates and trains their nursing staff to provide a higher level of care at the hospital for senior patients that are 65 years of age or older. Standards include preventative practices to avoid injury from falls and “loss of strength and mobility.”
Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville is a regionally ranked hospital that rated as “high-performing” for the adult procedures and conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement.
Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s rated as “high-performing” for the adult procedures and conditions of heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. The medical center got good marks on their geriatric scorecard for patient services.
Finding a geriatrics professional can be difficult as many hospitals group geriatricians within the category of primary care or internal medicine. Some online resources to help you find a doctor that specializes in care for senior patients include the physician search tool from the American Geriatrics Society or WebMD’s physician directory. You can also use AARP’s online search tool or the US News & World Report Doctor Finder.
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