Harlem Hospital At The Heart Of U.S. News & World Report On High Performers List

July 30, 2019

U.S. News & World Report today issued its annual report of high performing hospitals, recognizing seven NYC Health + Hospitals facilities in various specialties. The recognition was published as part of the national magazine’s “Best Hospital” issue for 2019-20. The annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care. For the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 165 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

Facilities and their category recognized as high performing are:

  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem, for heart failure
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, for heart failure
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island, for heart failure
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, and orthopedics
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, for heart failure
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, for heart failure
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, for heart failure

“We are honored to have our hospitals recognized by U.S. News & World Report because it is a testament to our doctors, nurses, and entire staff who strive every day to make their patients the healthiest they can be,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, Managing Editor and Chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

“This is a well-earned honor for NYC Health + Hospitals, its leadership, its entire staff, and the City that supports them,” said Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee. “New Yorkers should be grateful and proud. Every day, the dedicated people at NYC Health + Hospitals show us what public service can be.”

“The cardiovascular team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is devoted to delivering the highest quality of care for all heart related problems,” said William Hicks, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. “Heart failure has been an area of special attention due to its prevalence among the aging population we serve and better therapies for coronary artery disease have led to improved survival. NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue has a long tradition of cardiac care, with our doctors winning the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1956 for the first cardiac catheterization on a patient. We serve as the hub of cardiac care for our health system, and we are honored to serve patients from across our diverse city.”

“This recognition by U.S. News & World Report is significant, as it confirms what we already know: that our staff provides consistently exceptional care to our patients with heart failure,” said William A. Brown, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island. “The combination of our multidisciplinary team of clinical experts and state-of-the-art equipment like our cardiac catheterization laboratory creates an environment in which patients thrive and experience better outcomes.”

“I am extremely proud of our healthcare team at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for being ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report’s highest performing hospitals among three specialties,” said Israel Rocha, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. “Our orthopedics, pulmonary health, and cardiology programs are among the finest in the nation, and that is a testament to our dedicated, hardworking physicians and nurses, and their commitment to providing high-quality healthcare to all those who need it. I heartily congratulate the staff at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst for achieving this prestigious recognition.”

“Given the prevalence of cardiac disease in the greater Harlem community, we are so proud to receive this honor,” said Eboné M. Carrington, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem. “Our Project Red Initiative, which tracks and treats patients with hypertension and congestive heart failure, has extended and saved the lives of many of our patients. This recognition is the culmination of years of patient-centered performance improvements led by our medicine, cardiac and patient care service teams.”

“It is an honor for our facility to be recognized in the category of congestive heart failure by U.S. News & World Report,” said Sheldon McLeod, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. My deepest appreciation goes to our cardiac care team who work diligently to provide comprehensive care and services focused on improving the health of our diverse community. We will continue to strive forward to support continuum care for optimal health outcomes.”

“This recognition from U.S. News & World Report validates the world-class care we provide for our patients at our facility,” said Christopher Mastromano, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. “Patients suffering from heart disease know they are in good hands and our doctors, nurses, and other personal care providers will work to provide them with the very best in care.”

“Everything we do at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln ensures improvement in health care practices and positively impacts our community,” said Milton Nunez, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “Heart failure is a major concern in our community. At NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, meticulous attention is paid to nationally recognized goals and treatment principles. We continue our focus, but a recognition that we are on the right path by U.S. News and World Report is welcomed.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

Congestive heart failure, often referred to as heart failure, is a chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of your heart muscles. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a common lung disease that takes one of two forms: chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Orthopedics is the branch of medicine dealing with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles.

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation, serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 42,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and Civic, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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