The Mount Sinai Medical Center Named to "Honor Roll" in U.S. News's 2009-10 Edition of America's Best Hospitals

The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York has been named one of the very best hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

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This is the first time in the 20-year history of the rankings that Mount Sinai has earned Honor Roll status

New York, NY (Vocus) July 17, 2009

The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York has been named one of the very best hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

In the 2009-10 America's Best Hospital issue, Mount Sinai ranked 19th nationally. A total of 4,861 hospitals were analyzed for this year's guide, making it the most extensive hospital ranking to-date. Having scored highly in 11 of 16 specialties examined by U.S. News, Mount Sinai is featured on the magazine's elite list of "Honor Roll" hospitals. The full rankings are accessible today online at http://www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on newsstands Tuesday, July 21.

"This is the first time in the 20-year history of the rankings that Mount Sinai has earned Honor Roll status," said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "Our success reflects our world-class leadership in research, education, and treatment, and our commitment to providing compassionate patient care. This is an extraordinary achievement."

"In the past few years, Mount Sinai has successfully recruited some of the nation's top researchers and physicians," said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "The incredible success over the last few years of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital has propelled The Mount Sinai Medical Center to the forefront as one of the world's leading healthcare institutions."

Mount Sinai's ranking improved substantially in the category of Heart and Heart Surgery, where this year it ranked 18; in 2008 it had been ranked 41, and in 2007 it had not been ranked at all. Other specialties where Mount Sinai made significant improvements were Orthopedics (21st in 2009 from 38th in 2008) and Kidney Disorders (30th in 2009 and unranked in previous years).

Mount Sinai's full 2009 rankings were as follows:

Specialty and National Rank
Geriatrics: 3
Digestive Disorders: 7
Neurology & Neurosurgery: 16
Ear, Nose & Throat: 17
Heart & Heart Surgery: 18
Rehabilitation: 19
Psychiatry: 21
Orthopedics: 21
Gynecology: 28
Kidney Disorders: 30
Cancer: 42

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties - all but Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation, and Rheumatology - are driven by indicators including reputation, mortality index, patient safety (new this year), and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals have to pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a Best Hospital:

1.The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked at all by requiring that it must meet any of three conditions: be a teaching hospital; have at least 200 beds; or have at least 100 beds plus at least four out of eight key medical technologies such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapy.

2.The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume of certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated by at least one physician in the last three years of our annual specialist survey.

3.The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, patient safety, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.

In the four other specialties (Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation, and Rheumatology) ranking is based solely on nominations from the three most recent physician surveys.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center:
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants. For more information, please visit http://www.mountsinai.org.

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