Making the switch to a doctor such as a geriatrician that offers specialized services for seniors is a wise choice once you reach the age of 65 or older. Geriatrics professionals are trained to assess and treat a variety of common health ailments for older adults and have the expertise and knowledge necessary to provide care for more chronic conditions.
The Tucson area has several excellent hospitals and medical centers that have achieved national and regional ranking recognition for their health care services. This guide provides an overview of these providers that earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report listings along with some search tools to help you locate a geriatrician.
U.S. News & World Report periodically researches and collects data from almost 5,000 hospitals and medical centers located across the nation. The information is then used to create a ranked listing of these health care providers within major cities and metropolitan areas. Key factors that are considered for overall ratings include patient safety, survival rates, and nurse staffing.
Banner University Medical Center Tucson leads the list for hospitals within Tucson and its geriatrics department achieved nationally ranked recognition. The medical center is also nationally ranked for the adult specialty of nephrology and is rated as “high performing” for several procedures including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart failure and bypass surgery, lung cancer surgery, plus hip and knee replacement.
The geriatric medicine department at Banner offers a variety of assessment and service options for senior care. Specialists work closely with patients toward the goal of achieving overall wellness and health and treat a range of conditions that include Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, and osteoarthritis. Treatment options include acupuncture, pain management, relaxation, surgery, psychotherapy, and oral medications.
Tucson Medical Center is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a regionally ranked hospital that has “high performing” ratings for COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. The medical center’s geriatric scorecard received high marks for the areas of patient services and nurse staffing.
Other Tucson-area hospitals and medical centers that earned a spot on the list of U.S. News & World Report include Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized for its “high performing” rank for COPD and heart failure. The hospital’s geriatric scorecard received top marks for patient services that include an “arthritis center and wound-management program.”
Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital is rated as “high performing” by U.S. News & World Report for the adult procedure and condition of heart failure. The division of geriatric patient services for this hospital also earned good scores with U.S. News & World Report for their “arthritis center and wound-management program.”
We have included several online resources to help you find a geriatrician in your area. The American Geriatrics Society has a physician search tool or you can use WebMD’s physician directory. Other helpful tools include the AARP’s search tool that will help you find a physician based on location and areas of specialty. US News & World Report’s doctor finder is also excellent for locating doctors that offer specialized services for seniors.
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