Orthopedics earns national recognition from U.S. News & World Report

Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking in the top 50 nationally for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Orthopaedics.

SBUH ranked No. 41 nationally in Neurology and Neurosurgery, and No. 49 in Orthopaedics. In the regional rankings, SBUH ranked No. 10 in New York State out of more than 200 hospitals statewide.

“These rankings are a testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication to high-quality clinical care Stony Brook University Hospital provides on a daily basis,” said Carol A. Gomes, MS, FACHE, CPHQ, Chief Executive Officer at Stony Brook University Hospital. “Our expert faculty and staff deserve credit for this impressive national recognition which demonstrates commitment to world-class, compassionate care for our patients.”

I am very proud of the Orthopaedic team, the care the team has provided in face of the new risks, and all the sacrifices everyone has made to care for our patients, train our residents and fellows, keep our research running and keep our team moving forward,” said Lawrence Hurst, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.

 Thank you for your unprecedented efforts.

The hospital’s overall ranking is based on a combination of factors:

  • Structural measures (30 percent): including use of advanced technology, number of patients, nurse staffing, patient services, presence of Trauma Centers and number of intensivists.
  • Outcomes measures (37.5 percent): including 30-day, risk-adjusted patient survival rates based on Medicare data, as well as risk-adjusted rate at which patients are discharged home instead of a skilled nursing facility, long-term acute-care hospital or another hospital.
  • Process measures (27.5 percent): including ratings by physicians regarding which hospitals provide the best care to patients in various specialties.
  • Patient Experience measures (5 percent): including each hospital’s mean score on the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) patient satisfaction survey.

In addition to Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Orthopaedics, SBUH earned “high performing” ratings for six other adult specialties:

  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonology and lung surgery
  • Urology

To determine the national rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers in 16 specialties, 10 procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, only 134 hospitals in the United States performed well enough to be nationally ranked in at least one specialty.

“For more than 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has been helping patients, along with the help of their physicians, identify the Best Hospitals in an array of specialties, procedures and conditions,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The hospitals that rise to the top of our rankings and ratings have deep medical expertise, and each has built a track record of delivering good outcomes for patients.”

These accolades follow on the heels of SBUH being named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for the past two years by Healthgrades – the only hospital on Long Island to receive the distinction for two consecutive years. Stony Brook was also named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for 2020 by Healthgrades for stroke care, cardiac care and coronary interventions. The hospital has earned those honors for stroke care and coronary interventions for five consecutive years. It received the cardiac care award for the sixth consecutive year.

“These types of recognitions do not happen overnight and they do not happen by accident,” Gomes said. “They involve a lot of hard work and dedication by teams that are committed to improving quality of care.”

For more information about Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute, click here.

For more information about Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates, click here.