Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
For the third consecutive year, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the nation and the only hospital on Long Island to be ranked in more than one of the magazine’s 12 adult medical and surgical specialty categories.
The magazine’s annual ranking of medical institutions honored St. Francis once again as a leader in heart and heart surgery, digestive disorders and geriatrics.
“It is gratifying to be ranked consistently among the very best medical institutions in the nation, not only for our cardiac specialty but for our growing non-cardiac programs,” said Alan D. Guerci, M.D., president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center. “I want to thank our physicians, nurses, and staff for their tireless pursuit of excellence in all of the care that we provide. This honor is a testament to their hard work, skill and dedication.”
According to U.S. News, “this is year 20 for America’s Best Hospitals, a tool for patients who need medical sophistication that most facilities simply cannot offer.” It says unlike other rankings and reports, “we do not grade hospitals on routine procedures…we look instead on how they do in complex and demanding situations.”
The U.S. News recognition is the latest in a series of accolades for the hospital. In April, St. Francis was named one of the best hospitals in the United States by AARP The Magazine, a publication read by 34 million Americans. The hospital has also been awarded the Magnet designation for nursing excellence, an honor achieved by only 5 percent of hospitals in the nation.
Of the 4,861 hospitals surveyed in 16 different specialties, St. Francis Hospital was one of only 174 medical centers to be honored. The ranking in heart care places St. Francis among the top five medical centers in New York State. St. Francis was also one of only 17 hospitals in the state to be ranked in any specialty rating overall.