Hospital for Special Surgery Remains Top Hospital in Northeast in U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” List for Orthopedics

Nearly two decades of excellence in orthopedics and rheumatology

New York City—July 16, 2009 

For the 19th consecutive year, Hospital for Special Surgery has ranked above all other hospitals in the Northeast in orthopedics. Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) ranks second in the nation in orthopedics by U.S.News & World Report in its 2009 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. Hospital for Special Surgery also ranked third in the nation for rheumatology and 24th for neurology.

“This continuing recognition says a great deal about the talented team of people who have committed their professional lives here,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery. “We are passionate about excellence in the delivery of care to our patients. We are constantly celebrating our successes but recognize that there are always opportunities to do even better. By raising the bar and setting higher goals, we work to exceed the expectations of our patients who come to Special Surgery to receive the best musculoskeletal care in the world.”

Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief of Hospital for Special Surgery, added, “An achievement of this nature recognizes the unique place that our staff has helped to create. Our extraordinary orthopedic surgery outcomes reflect a vital collaboration that is ongoing among our orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, physiatrists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses and other medical professionals. We are committed to advancing the research and education needed to continually improve patient care.”

In addition to the recognition by U.S.News & World Report, Hospital for Special Surgery’s commitment to quality was also recognized in a report released June 30 by the New York State Department of Health. Studying the 171 hospitals in New York that performed hip replacement/revision surgery in 2008, the report singled out Special Surgery as the only hospital in New York State with a statistically lower rate of surgical site infection compared to the state average for the procedure.

Last year, nearly 23,000 surgeries were performed at HSS. Areas of expertise include joint replacement, spine surgery, sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, pediatric orthopedics, limb lengthening and osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Additionally, the hospital has established a number of specialty centers including innovative centers for Women’s Sports Medicine, Hip Pain and Preservation, Osteoporosis Prevention and Computer Assisted Surgery. Other special services include the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research, the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease, the Gosden-Robinson Inflammatory Arthritis Center, and the Center for Skeletal Dysplasias.

Currently, physicians from HSS Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service perform in official capacities for major professional sports teams including the New York Football Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, Nets Basketball, New York Liberty Basketball, and New York Red Bulls Soccer. In addition, HSS sports medicine specialists serve on the U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff team that covered the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Another testament to Hospital for Special Surgery’s excellence and consistency is its high ranking in rheumatology. Stephen A. Paget, M.D., physician-in-chief and chairman of the Division of Rheumatology explained that “given the expanded life span and enlarging elderly population who want to continue to be productive and mobile, our rheumatology staff works hard to support their patients with the most advanced treatment options available. In addition, this exceptional care is complemented by innovative research into the causes of and cures for arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.”

U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” is a resource for consumers seeking the highest quality care in 16 medical specialties. With more than 5,000 hospitals evaluated nationwide, rankings are based on reputation and such measures of quality as patient volumes and mortality rates as well as nursing care and technology services.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 2 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 24 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2009), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. In 2008 and 2007, HSS was a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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