NY State Health Commissioner Shah to be Keynote Speaker at Mount Sinai Following First-Ever Summit on Hospital Rankings on September 27, 2012

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Mount Sinai Co-Hosts Summit on Hospital Rankings with U.S. News and World Report: NY State Health Commissioner Shah to be Keynote Speaker Following Summit

WHO:    Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

WHAT: Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon hosted by The Mount Sinai Medical Center. The address follows the first-ever U.S. News & World Report summit, “Shaping Health Care Decisions: An Inside Look at Hospital Rankings.” Commissioner Shah will share his thoughts on how hospital rankings align with health care quality and effectiveness standards and patient safety initiatives, and how to best evaluate hospitals and the care they deliver.

Earlier that day leaders and specialists from the nation’s best hospitals and academic medical centers will come together with top editors from U.S. News & World Report to discuss the methodology behind U.S. News’ annual “Best Hospitals” rankings and their value to consumers and the institutions they rank. They will explore how current rankings assess quality, what quantifiable data could complement and correlate to reputational criteria, and how the rankings can be expanded to respond to advances in technology and biomedical science, as well as the demographics of health care needs.

WHERE: The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Goldwurm Auditorium
1425 Madison Avenue and 98th Street

WHEN:    Thursday, September 27
12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

To schedule an interview or to attend the Summit or luncheon, please call Dorie Klissas at 212-659-9037 or email Dorie.Klissas(at)mssm(dot)edu .                

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

Media Contacts:
Dorie Klissas, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
212-659-9037 or 917-287-5643

Bill Schwarz
New York State Department of Health
518-474-7354 ext. 1

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