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Rehab Department at NUMC Ranked High in Nation

Takes on Challenging Procedures

The Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department inpatient rehab unit has been included in the top 133 prestigious listing of the US News and World Report Best Hospitals 2010 web edition for top inpatient rehabilitation hospitals.

The ranking is peer selected by rehabilitation specialists who included NUMC for challenging cases and procedures. “I am extremely proud and pleased to announce the inclusion of the NUMC inpatient rehabilitation unit in the US News and World Report listing for inpatient hospitals, truly outstanding news, a well-deserved accomplishment for the PM&R staff under the leadership of Lyn Weiss, MD, chair of the department,” said Arthur Gianelli, President/CEO of NUMC. “We are also proud that NUMC is only one of two Long Island inpatient rehabilitation units included in this outstanding magazine listing.”

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit at Nassau University Medical Center treats patients with a variety of life-altering injuries and illnesses. The professional staff is committed to improve the quality of life for its patients by helping them regain independence. Intensive treatment is provided seven days per week, and includes a team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, neuropsychologists, social workers, case managers, speech pathologists, and recreational therapists.

Steven J. Walerstein, MD, FACP, NHCC executive vice president for medical affairs and medical director commended the staff on the impressive recognition: “It is a great acknowledgement that the NUMC inpatient rehabilitation unit is receiving such exceptional recognition and the entire PM&R staff is well deserving of this credit, a reflection on the whole team and its leader, Dr. Weiss.”

The hospitals were ranked on reputation by the percentage of board certified physicians responding to US News surveys in 2007, 2008, 2009 and those recommending the hospital as among the best in their specialty for the most challenging cases and procedures. Hospitals were ranked in 16 specialties, with a total of 4,861 hospitals put through the statistical wringer and only 174 hospitals scored high enough to be ranked in one of the 16 specialties.

To be a candidate for these specialties, a hospital first had to meet any one of three criteria: be a teaching hospital, have at least 200 beds, or have at least 100 beds and at least four out of eight important medical technologies, such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapies. Specialists were asked to list five hospitals they consider among the best in their specialty for difficult cases, without taking into account cost or location.

Dr. Weiss congratulated and commended her staff for the superb quality of care recognition: “I am thrilled that this prestigious publication recognized the great work that our staff does every day to provide quality care for all our patients.”

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