NewYork-Presbyterian Is #1 in NYC Metro Area and #6 in the Nation in U.S. News' 2009 Edition of America's Best Hospitals

Achieved Highest Possible Score in Advanced Technologies and Patient Services

Jul 15, 2009


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is #1 in the New York City metropolitan area and #6 in the nation, according to U.S. News Media Group's 2009-2010 edition of America's Best Hospitals. This is the sixth consecutive year the Hospital ranks among the top 10 in the nation.

"On behalf of Governor David A. Paterson and the New York State Health Department, I congratulate NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on its well-deserved recognition as one of America's best hospitals," says Dr. Richard F. Daines, New York state commissioner of health. "While the U.S.News & World Report rankings place the hospital among an elite handful of internationally recognized centers of excellence, NewYork-Presbyterian also should be recognized for its devotion to the day-to-day health care needs of the economically and culturally diverse communities of Manhattan and its role in training the next generation of physicians."

"We are proud to be counted again among the top 10 academic medical centers in the nation. These rankings reflect our Hospital's commitment to putting patients and their families first by offering innovative treatment options in every specialty, delivered with compassion and sensitivity," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "Through our affiliation with two of the nation's leading Ivy League medical schools — Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons — we are continually developing cutting-edge medical technologies and potentially life-saving therapies."

NewYork-Presbyterian ranks #6 on the magazine's prestigious "Honor Roll," and is ranked in 14 of the 16 specialties listed. The Honor Roll lists the top 21 hospitals nationally based on reputation, mortality rates and other patient-care-related factors. NewYork-Presbyterian received 24 Honor Roll points, a two-point improvement over 2008.

NewYork-Presbyterian achieved the highest possible score for advanced technologies and patient services in all 12 specialties where these categories apply.

NewYork-Presbyterian ranks among the top five in four specialties, which include Kidney Disorders (#2), Psychiatry (#4), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#5) and Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders (#5). Additional rankings include Heart & Heart Surgery (#7), Orthopedics (#7), Urology (#7), Gynecology (#8), Respiratory Disorders (#11), Digestive Disorders (#12), Geriatric Care (#12), Ear, Nose & Throat (#19), Rheumatology (#20), and Cancer (#28).

Latest Developments

In the past year, NewYork-Presbyterian initiated or expanded several programs that exemplify its commitment to patients and their families. The Hospital debuted, an online personal health record for patients — one of the first of its kind to give patients the ability to select and store personal medical information generated during their doctor and hospital visits. The Hospital received commendations for its innovative Patient Safety Fridays program, which aims to ensure the highest degree of quality and safety for patients; and for NYPgreen, its ambitious sustainability effort. In the coming months, NewYork-Presbyterian will open two state-of-the-art heart care facilities — the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute and the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center.

Among NewYork-Presbyterian's other distinctions are:

  • Nation's largest transplant program, including kidney, heart, lung, liver and pancreas.
  • Most heart transplants performed in the nation, including pediatric and adults.
  • Only tri-state-area children's hospital listed in 2009 U.S. News "America's Best Children's Hospital."
  • Home of the nation's busiest burn center.
  • Home of New York's busiest emergency department, with nearly 240,000 patient visits in 2008.

"This year's distinction was only possible through the dedication of physicians, nurses and our entire extraordinary team of clinical and non-clinical staff, all of whom work tirelessly to ensure patients receive the best available medical care," says Dr. Steven J. Corwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian.

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 nearly 240,000 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, including the Komansky Center for Children's Health; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center; NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital; NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/The 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. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. 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. For more information, visit

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