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The Mount Sinai Medical Center Named to U.S. News Honor Roll

Mount Sinai received high marks in 11 of 16 specialties to earn its Honor Roll ranking among U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" for 2009-2010.

  • New York, NY
  • (July 16, 2009)

The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York has been named one of the very best hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

In the 2009-10 America’s Best Hospital issue, Mount Sinai ranked 19th nationally. A total of 4,861 hospitals were analyzed for this year’s guide, making it the most extensive hospital ranking to-date. Having scored highly in 11 of 16 specialties examined by U.S. News & World Report, Mount Sinai is featured on the magazine’s elite list of "Honor Roll" hospitals. The full rankings are accessible online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.

This is the first time in the 20-year history of the rankings that Mount Sinai has earned Honor Roll status, said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "Our success reflects our world-class leadership in research, education, and treatment, and our commitment to providing compassionate patient care. This is an extraordinary achievement."

In the past few years, Mount Sinai has successfully recruited some of the nation’s top researchers and physicians, said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "The incredible success over the last few years of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital has propelled The Mount Sinai Medical Center to the forefront as one of the world’s leading healthcare institutions."

Mount Sinai’s ranking improved substantially in the category of Heart and Heart Surgery, where this year it ranked 18; in 2008 it had been ranked 41, and in 2007 it had not been ranked at all. Other specialties where Mount Sinai made significant improvements were Orthopedics (21st in 2009 from 38th in 2008) and Kidney Disorders (30th in 2009 and unranked in previous years).

Mount Sinai’s full 2009 rankings were as follows:

Specialty

National Rank

Geriatrics

3

Digestive Disorders

7

Neurology & Neurosurgery

16

Ear, Nose & Throat

17

Heart & Heart Surgery

18

Rehabilitation

19

Psychiatry

21

Orthopedics

21

Gynecology

28

Kidney Disorders

30

Cancer

42

 

The U.S. News rankings in the 16 specialties are driven by indicators including reputation, mortality index, patient safety (new this year), and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these specialties, hospitals have to pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a Best Hospital:

  1. The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked at all by requiring that it must meet any of three conditions: be a teaching hospital; have at least 200 beds; or have at least 100 beds plus at least four out of eight key medical technologies such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapy.
  2. The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume of certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated by at least one physician in the last three years of our annual specialist survey.
  3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, patient safety, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.

In the four other specialties (Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation, and Rheumatology) ranking is based solely on nominations from the three most recent physician surveys.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic-science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.


About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: It is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and top 20 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding and top 5 in the nation for numerous basic and clinical research areas. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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