|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2005
NEW YORK’S PUBLIC HOSPITALS RANK HIGHEST IN ACUTE CARE EXCELLENCE CITYWIDE
As part of a continuing upward trend in healthcare excellence, 11 acute care facilities operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) ranked among the highest in the City for the quality of care afforded patients admitted for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, according to quality data reported by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and recently converted into national percentile rankings by the Greater New York Hospital Association.
Of the 50 hospitals in New York City that voluntarily submitted quality data to CMS, HHC hospitals held seven of the top nine places – and all ranked in the top 17 -- when judged by 10 specific measures of healthcare quality for the treatment of patients with life threatening heart and pulmonary conditions. Brooklyn’s Coney Island Hospital achieved a first place ranking among all New York City hospitals, public or private.
"In recent years, our dedicated staff has worked diligently to incorporate evidence-based best practices into our patient care. As a result we have become increasingly confident that our HHC hospitals compare favorably with the best of New York City’s voluntary hospitals and now, with the CMS report in hand, we have the data to prove it," said Alan Aviles, HHC’s Acting President.
HHC Hospital ratings among New York City Hospitals:
Coney Island Hospital – 1
Bellevue Hospital Center – 3
Queens Hospital -5
Jacobi Medical Center – 6
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center – 7
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center – 8
Harlem Hospital – 9
Kings County Hospital – 11
North Central Bronx Hospital – 12
Elmhurst Hospital Center – 14
Metropolitan Hospital Center – 17
The CMS findings follow another top ranking for one of our public hospitals. In August, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (a subdivision of the American Nurses Association) conferred its highest honor, MAGNET Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services, on Elmhurst Medical Center in Queens. Fewer than 3% of the nation’s hospitals have achieved MAGNET Recognition and Elmhurst is only the fourth hospital in all of New York City to attain this coveted distinction.