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Hospital for Special Surgery named number 1 in orthopedics

By Hospital for Special Surgery


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Greenwich, CT - Hospital for Special Surgery, which has an Affiliated Physicians Office in Greenwich, has been named the top hospital in the country for orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report in its 2012 “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. This is the third consecutive year Special Surgery has ranked No. 1 in orthopedics. The hospital was also named a leader in rheumatology at No. 3 in the nation. Connecticut residents who don’t wish to travel to New York City can see a doctor at the hospital's Greenwich office. Eighteen specialists in orthopedic surgery, pediatric orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and physiatry see patients there. Anyone who would like more information can visit: www.HSS.EDU/CT.

“We are deeply honored to be recognized nationally as the best in our specialized fields,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery. “Patients and peers appreciate our commitment to quality and to providing an environment for excellence in patient care and safety.”

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

Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief of Hospital for Special Surgery added, “This is a tremendous honor for all who work at HSS and who constantly endeavor to advance the research and education that translate into unsurpassed patient care. We are very proud of our orthopedic surgery department who have been ranked number one for five of the past six years."

In addition to the recognition by U.S. News & World Report, last November, the American Nurses Credentialing Center announced that Hospital for Special Surgery received its third Magnet designation. Accepted throughout the healthcare industry as the gold standard for nursing, the honor makes the hospital the first in New York State to achieve this third consecutive designation.

The New York State Department of Health also found that of the 167 hospitals in New York State that performed hip replacement/revision surgery in 2010, Hospital for Special Surgery was, for the third year in a row, the only hospital with a statistically lower rate of surgical site infection compared to the state average.

Currently, physicians from Hospital for Special Surgery’s Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service perform in official capacities for major professional sports teams including the Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Football Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, New York Liberty Basketball and New York Red Bulls Soccer. HSS sports medicine specialists also served on the U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff team that covered the Beijing Games in 2008 and will do the same for the London Games this month.

Another testament to Hospital for Special Surgery’s excellence and consistency is its high ranking in rheumatology. Mary K. Crow, M.D., physician-in-chief and chairman of the Division of Rheumatology explained that, “As specialists in autoimmune and inflammation diseases, our patients trust us to be able to relieve their pain and to use our expertise to offer individualized recommendations and advice.” By integrating the latest research with comprehensive clinical care, Dr. Crow and colleagues work to “provide the best possible outcomes for our patients with challenging diseases such as lupus, as well as those with inflammatory or degenerative arthritis.”

Last year, nearly 26,000 surgeries were performed at Hospital for Special Surgery. Areas of expertise include joint replacement, spine surgery, sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, pediatric orthopedics, limb lengthening, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.

Hospital for Special Surgery also received, for the first time, the 2012 ”Gallup Great Workplace Award” and is the only hospital in the Northeast to achieve this recognition. According to Gallup, this award recognizes the best-performing organizations for their special ability to create an engaged workplace culture.




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