UHS listed among America's top hospitals

By WBNG News

UHS listed among America's top hospitals

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 1:35 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) For the second year in a row, UHS has been named among the best hospitals in the country by the national news magazine U.S. News & World Report.

According to a news release from UHS:

The publication's 2013-2014 "Best Hospitals" rankings list UHS as 31st among 250 New York State hospitals, up from 34th place last year. Of the 45 Central New York hospitals evaluated, UHS is one of only two meeting the magazine's standards for strong performance, with UHS coming in with the best overall ranking in the region.

U.S. News particularly recognized UHS Hospitals for the high quality of its orthopedic and gynecological services, two important medical specialties that impact the lives of thousands of Southern Tier residents.

"We are proud to be counted among the top healthcare organizations in the United States," said Matthew J. Salanger, president and chief executive officer of UHS.  "It is further validation that the quality of care we provide at UHS is on a par with that offered at some of the finest medical centers and universities in the country."

The annual "Best Hospitals" rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals and healthcare systems that excel in treating the most challenging patients. The magazine evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties.  In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognize other high-performing institutions that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers. The latest rankings showcase 720 out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. 

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, health rankings editor at the magazine.  “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best.  Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

U.S. News publishes "Best Hospitals" to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determine the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data for the 2013-2014 report were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metropolitan-area rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News "Best Hospitals" 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands Aug. 27.