Press Release

U.S. News & World Report Ranks St. Francis a National Leader in Two Specialties

August 8th, 2017

For the eleventh consecutive year, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for Cardiology & Heart Surgery. The Hospital was also rated among the best in the country for Gastroenterology and GI Surgery – receiving the only national recognition in adult specialties for any hospital on Long Island. St. Francis was rated #5 in New York State and #6 in the NY Metro area. It was ranked the best hospital on Long Island for the fifth year in a row.

“To be consistently rated one of the best hospitals in our region is a true testament to the emphasis our staff places on providing excellence in patient care,” says Ruth E. Hennessey, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer of St. Francis Hospital. “As New York State’s only specialty designated heart hospital, we pride ourselves on offering state-of-the-art cardiac procedures, as well as leading edge noncardiac care.”

St. Francis was also recognized by U.S. News as high performing in four adult specialties: Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology. Beyond the recognition for several specialities, the Hospital was ranked high performing in eight common adult procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, hip replacement, and lung cancer surgery – the most for any hospital on Long Island.

More than 4,500 hospitals nationwide were analyzed for U.S. News’ 28th annual Best Hospitals rankings; of that number only 152 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. Hospitals were compared in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. According to U.S. News, the rankings are designed to help patients make more informed health care decisions. The methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, rates of infection, and adequacy of nursing staff.

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