Stony Brook University Hospital Named One of Healthgrades “America’s 100 Best Hospitals™”

Also named as one of America’s 100 Best for cardiac care, coronary intervention and stroke care

Healthgrades America's 100 Best HospitalsWhen choosing a hospital, patients and their families need to have the peace of mind in knowing that they will receive the highest quality of care. Stony Brook University Hospital’s top ratings give people one more reason to feel confident about that choice.

Among the Best in the Nation
Stony Brook University Hospital has been named one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals™” for 2019 by Healthgrades, the first organization in the country to rate hospital quality based on actual clinical outcomes.

“Stony Brook University Hospital continues to strive for excellence at every level,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, Stony Brook University President and Governing Body of Stony Brook University Hospital. “Our incredible medical staff, nurses, administrative leadership and staff throughout the hospital are dedicated professionals who put patient safety and quality of care first and foremost, and at the same time bring cutting-edge services and evidence-based medicine to our community, and I could not be prouder of them for this great achievement.”

“At Stony Brook University Hospital, delivering high-quality healthcare is at the core of everything we do for our patients, and this recognition pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of our medical faculty and staff in fulfilling that mission,” said Kenneth Kaushansky MD, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences and Dean, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. “By transforming the healthcare we provide, we are transforming the lives of those we serve.”

Stony Brook’s Achievements as One of America’s Best Hospitals
As one of America's 100 Best Hospitals™, Stony Brook University Hospital is in the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide and one of only four hospitals in New York State for exhibiting clinical excellence year after year. Stony Brook was also named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for:

  • Cardiac care
  • Coronary intervention
  • Stroke care

Stony Brook University Hospital has been rated one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals™ by Healthgrades every year since 2015. Additionally, the hospital has been:

  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ for the past five years
  • One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention™ and stroke care for the past four years

“This impressive distinction was achieved by the entire Stony Brook University Hospital team working together to achieve one goal — to deliver on a commitment to provide every patient with exceptional care,” said Ernest J. Baptiste, Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital.

How America’s Best Hospitals Are Determined
Recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award are recognized for overall clinical excellence based on quality outcomes for 32 conditions and procedures for 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades reviews three years of Medicare inpatient data, comparing actual to predicted performance for specific patient outcomes. This year’s awards are based on data collected from 2015 to 2017.

Demonstrating Superior Outcomes
According to Healthgrades, when treated at one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals from 2015 to 2017, patients were more likely to have a successful treatment without major complications — and have a lower risk of dying, an average of 25.2 percent lower. When being treated for specific health conditions, patients at these hospitals had a:

  • 27.1 percent lower risk of dying from a heart attack
  • 24.8 percent lower risk of dying from a stroke
  • 29.2 percent lower risk of dying from heart failure
  • 23.7 percent lower risk of dying from sepsis

And during that same time period if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™, 172,950 lives could potentially have been saved for specific conditions and procedures.