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Achieved Highest Possible Score in Advanced Technologies and Patient Services

NEW YORK (Jul 11, 2008)

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ranks first in the New York City metropolitan area and sixth in the nation, according to U.S. News Media Group's 2008 edition of America's Best Hospitals.

It is the eighth consecutive year that NewYork-Presbyterian is the only New York metropolitan-area hospital on the magazine's "Honor Roll," which lists the top 19 hospitals nationally based on reputation, mortality rates and other patient-care-related factors. This year also represents the fifth consecutive year the Hospital ranks among the top ten in the nation with Honor Roll points totaling 22, a one-point improvement over 2007.

NewYork-Presbyterian is listed with the highest possible score for advanced technologies and patient services in all 12 specialties where these categories apply. Examples of recent advances at the Hospital include the following:

  • Performed more organ transplants than any other hospital in the nation, including kidney, heart, lung, liver and pancreas.
  • One of the first hospitals in the nation to perform successful surgery without external incisions.
  • World's first successful use of deep brain stimulation for a minimally conscious patient.
  • World's first use of a 3D endoscope for brain surgery.
  • One of the first hospitals in the nation to perform successful catheter-based pulmonary valve replacements for treatment of congenital heart defects.

NewYork-Presbyterian ranks among the top five in five specialties, including Kidney Disease (#3); Psychiatry (#3); Endocrinology (#5); Neurology & Neurosurgery (#5); and Orthopedics (#5). The Hospital ranks among the top 10 in an additional four specialties, including Gynecology (#6); Heart & Heart Surgery (#6); Urology (#8); and Respiratory Disorders (#10). (The Hospital's rankings advanced in five of these nine specialties, compared with last year.)

Additional rankings include Gastrointestinal Disorders (#14); Geriatrics (#16); Rheumatology (#18); Ear, Nose & Throat (#21); Rehabilitation (#24); and Cancer (#35).

"We are very pleased to again be recognized as one of the outstanding institutions included in the list of 'America's Best Hospitals.' One key measure of a hospital's success is their commitment to caring for patients and their families with compassion and individual attention. Equally important is a focus on advancing innovative technologies and treatment options in every specialty," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. "NewYork-Presbyterian has achieved its goals through the dedication of our physicians, nurses, staff and employees, and through medical research that is made possible by our affiliation with two top-tier medical colleges — Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons."

"This distinction is a tribute to the enthusiastic leadership and teamwork of NewYork-Presbyterian's health-care professionals — including over 16,000 employees, physicians and nurses — who every day demonstrate their commitment to putting our patients first," adds Dr. Steven J. Corwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian.

U.S. News has issued the annual rankings of medical centers for the last 19 years. The full rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The 2008 "America's Best Hospitals" issue will be available on newsstands Monday, July 14.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,242 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 230,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Allen Pavilion and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the largest and most comprehensive health-care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. It ranks sixth in U.S.News & World Report's guide to "America's Best Hospitals," ranks first on New York magazine's "Best Hospitals" survey, has the greatest number of physicians listed in New York magazine's "Best Doctors" issue, and is included among Solucient's top 15 major teaching hospitals. The Hospital's mortality rates are among the lowest for heart attack and heart failure in the country, according to a 2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report card. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

U.S. News Media Group

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