For the fifth year in a row, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Tallahassee, Fla, which operates a well-known rehabiliation center, is a recipient of the National Research Corporation’s 2009/10 Consumer Choice award, which identifies hospitals that health care consumers have chosen as having the highest quality and image in more than 250 markets throughout the United States, according to a statement release by the facility.

Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple ratings collected in the NRC’s Healthcare Market Guide study. Of the hospitals named by consumers in the study, the winning facilities rank highest in their metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) as determined by the Census Bureau.

“It is especially meaningful because health care has become such a critical topic across the country and the recipients of this award are determined by the communities being served," Mark O’Bryant, president and CEO of Tallahassee Memorial, said in the statement.

The study surveyed more than 250,000 households representing more than 450,000 consumers in the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Among the other winners were Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh; and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is a private, not-for-profit community health care system that includes a 770-bed acute care hospital, the rehabilitation center, a psychiatric hospital, a family medicine residency program, and five satellite family medicine practices in surrounding counties of the Big Bend region. TMH is the seventh-largest hospital in Florida, with a medical staff of 400 physicians representing 50 different specialties.

[Source: Tallahassee Memorial]