US News & World Report Ranks South Nassau Highly in Its Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings

To be ranked in the Best Hospitals metro area rankings, South Nassau had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

Oceanside, NY, April 23, 2011 --( South Nassau Communities Hospital is ranked thirty-fifth among all hospitals in the New York metropolitan area by the U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings.

To be ranked in the Best Hospitals metro area rankings, South Nassau had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. In addition to New York City, the New York metropolitan area includes hospitals based in Long Island, Westchester County, and northern New Jersey.

“This noteworthy ranking is a direct result of our commitment to our mission to provide standard-setting healthcare services,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, president and CEO of South Nassau. “The communities and patients we serve know that they can turn to us for the quality, compassionate healthcare that they deserve whenever and wherever they need it.”

The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, and include 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation by U.S News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of healthcare consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital.

There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures. The metro area rankings will be updated in July at the same time the 2011-12 national Best Hospitals rankings are posted online.

South Nassau is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 875 physicians and 2,800 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

South Nassau’s accreditations include the Joint Commission; the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer; the American Association of Blood Banks; The American College of Radiology; and the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography. The hospital has been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) program’s Gold Performance Achievement Award for Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) two consecutive years. In addition, South Nassau Home Care has been named to the prestigious HomeCare Elite™ listing of the top home health care providers in the United States each of the five years it has been released.

South Nassau Communities Hospital
Damian J. Becker