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Awards and Recognition

At UHS, we value the high standards that national and state-wide organizations measure when they administer their periodic surveys. We also value input from our patients, visitors and others who let us know how we are doing by participating in surveys and recognizing our employees and services through our “Saying Thanks for Special Care” program. In addition, we set high standards for ourselves in terms of clinical outcomes as well as service excellence. Each department reviews procedures and processes as well as outcomes and every year they set quality goals. 

We are delighted to say that each year we are recognized for the quality of our care.  We also make progress through our quality improvement process and through participating in regional and national programs.

One of New York’s Best Hospitals - U.S. News & World Report


The national news magazine U.S. News & World Report has ranked UHS one of the top hospitals in New York State, placing it 29th out of 240 facilities, with special recognition in orthopedics. This underscores UHS’ leadership in providing high-quality, patient-centered care and reflects high marks received from patients in surveys.

Nationally recognized for Surgical Outcomes


UHS is one of only 28 hospitals around the country to receive special commendation for outstanding surgical outcomes from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons. The program recognizes select hospitals that consistently provide exceptional care to surgical patients with a goal of avoiding complications.

UHS Wilson Medical Center is a New York State Designated Stroke Center

This recognition means we comply with 31 state criteria for quality in specialized stroke care. Most of all, it means you can be confident in our ability to treat your stroke quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques.

One of the top 100 home care agencies in the United States

UHS Home Care received a 2012 Top 100 Agency HomeCare Elite Award.  This is a national recognition that affirms UHS’ commitment to high-quality, well-coordinated care of patients in their own homes. 

UHS accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers

The internationally respected Society of Chest Pain Centers designates UHS as an Accredited Chest Pain Center, reflecting UHS’ high level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive in the Emergency Department with chest pain.

UHS Breast Center accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The UHS Breast Center is the first facility in Greater Binghamton to receive three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This places UHS among an elite group of medical centers where the full spectrum of breast care is available and meets the highest clinical standards.

UHS selected by the New York State Department of Health to participate in STAMP quality improvement program to prevent pressure ulcers.

UHS is one of four regional collaboratives selected by the New York State Department of Health to participate in this quality improvement program to prevent pressure ulcers and standardize treatment. STAMP means Success Through Assessment, Management and Prevention. For more information on this initiative, go to the New York State Health Department website.  

UHS designated as Provider-Led Medicaid Health Home

The New York State Department of Health has contingently designated UHS a provider-led Medicaid health home, enabling UHS to work with other agencies to improve access to care for Medicaid patients with multiple complex medical issues.

UHS’ Primary Care accredited as Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance

UHS’ primary care offices have achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home Accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington, D.C. The term Medical Home is used because every patient should have a primary care provider whose office is the home base for their medical needs.

UHS Hospital recognized as Internal Medicine Medical Home

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital’s Internal Medicine practice as part of the Physician Practice Connections-Patient-Centered Medical Home program.

UHS Vestal Ultrasound and Vascular Lab receives National ACR Accreditation Assurance

UHS Vestal Ultrasound and Vascular Lab Departments have received national recognition from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for their patient safety, quality and clinical excellence.

UHS and Employees recognized as Platinum Contributors by United Way

UHS and its employees contribute $100,000 or more a year to the United Way Campaign. UHS has been recognized at the Platinum level annually since the year 2000.

Commission on Cancer Cancer Program Earned a Perfect Score

In 2010 the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons renewed the accreditation of the UHS Oncology Program, bestowing seven of seven commendations - a perfect score. This is the second consecutive three-year accreditation the UHS Oncology Program has received from the Commission on Cancer.  To maintain ACOS accreditation, facilities with approved cancer programs must undergo an exhaustive, on-site review every three years. Only 49 percent of applying health care organizations earn a three-year accreditation with commendation. UHS was commended specifically for such attributes as prevention, early detection and adherence to patient guidelines, as well as for the quality of its cancer registry. 

Recognized for Quality Care

Throughout the year, the UHS health care system and its members receive many honors, awards and recognitions from medical organizations, national and regional institutions, and government agencies.  And periodically UHS organizations are evaluated and accredited by many of the leading accrediting bodies in the health care sphere.

Moreover, many individual employees, medical staff and volunteers are frequently recognized by their peers or other groups for their contributions to research, education and care.

We're proud of these designations, and committed to living up to the standards of excellence which they represent.  They are further evidence of our devotion to our patients, our communities and the high calling of health care service.

Campus commended for ‘20 Years of Ideal Living’

UHS Senior Living at Ideal marked its 20th anniversary with a commendation from the New York State Assembly in recognition of its “20 Years of Ideal Living,” signed by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo.  Ideal has been providing skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living, adult care and home care services to the residents of Greater Binghamton since 1990.  The campus is on the site of the former Ideal Hospital, which opened in 1927.

Nuclear Medicine accredited by College

For the second time in a few months, the American College of Radiology issued an accreditation to UHS for programs at UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Binghamton General Hospital. The Nuclear Medicine programs at both hospitals were awarded certification after an extensive review process that assessed the quality of the nuclear imaging and the expertise of the staff. As part of the new accreditation, the Nuclear Medicine Departments received specific designation for cardiac imaging capabilities used to diagnose and evaluate coronary artery disease.

Quality Association takes note of home care

UHS Home Care/Professional Home Care achieved the Award of Accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation, based in Iowa. The award is achieved only when home medical equipment companies demonstrate a high level of quality practices in their business operations and patient care techniques.  UHS Home Care operates in Vestal, Ithaca and Norwich.

Joint Commission praises UHS Ambulatory Surgery

UHS’ new surgical facilities at Wilson Place received a stellar review from a Joint Commission surveyor on Nov. 11.  The surveyor gave the new Ambulatory Surgery Center and Pre-Admission Testing Center high marks during an intensive, one-day evaluation.

Primary care team puts patients first

UHS Primary Care Johnson City received national recognition for putting patients first.  The medical office earned a three-year designation as a “Medical Home” from the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Physician Practice Connections Program.  The office received a Level 3 Physician Practice Connections Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, the highest honor bestowed by the committee.

And the Beets go on

The Rhythm Heart Beets, a UHS team that participated in the 2010 Southern Tier Start! Heart Walk, was honored as 2010's top fundraiser by the American Heart Association.  The Beets raised $4,800 toward the event.

Individual Honors throughout UHS

CEO serves on University Council

New York Governor David A. Paterson appointed Matthew J. Salanger, president and CEO of UHS, to the Binghamton University Council in 2009. The council, which supervises certain university operations, including making recommendations for candidates for president of the university to the State University of New York Board of Trustees, is comprised of 10 unpaid members – nine appointed by the governor of New York and the tenth, a student, selected by his or her peers. The council also reviews budget requests, makes regulations for student conduct, supervises student housing and safety, names buildings and grounds, and reviews plans for improvement of the faculty, staff and physical plant.

Dr. Gill honored as a Laureate

Roy Gill, M.D., director of Medicine at UHS Hospitals, received the prestigious Laureate Award from the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians on Nov. 3.  The award honors members of the college who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to education, research and patient care. 

Three doctors lauded for teaching

Three UHS physicians received President’s Awards for Outstanding Voluntary Faculty from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.  Lazarus Gehring, M.D., family practitioner; Nancy Shumeyko, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist; and Garabed Fattal, M.D., anatomic and physical pathologist, accepted the awards on Sept. 15.

He’s among top cancer liaisons nationwide

For the second time in recent years, UHS’ James Hayes, M.D., has been selected as one of the top cancer liaison physicians in the United States.  He is a recipient of the 2010 Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.  He also received the designation from the college in 2006.  Typically only about 50 doctors are chosen for the award each year.  Dr. Hayes is medical director of Special Medical Projects and liaison physician with the oncology program at UHS.

Nurse featured in New York Times’ tribute

LesLea Pitcher, R.N., nurse educator, UHS, was selected to be part of The New York Times Magazine’s "Tribute to Nurses." LesLea was nominated for this honor by her colleagues in the Nursing Education and Research Department at UHS’s hospitals in Broome County.  She received the award on Dec. 10, 2010, at the Times’ conference center in New York City.  She was accompanied by NEAR’s Candi Contento, RN., and Kathy Jaros, R.N.  The three appeared on the "The Early Show" on CBS with reporters Harry Smith and Dave Price.  

Two receive special awards on Nurses’ Day

Two other nursing leaders also won special awards.  Kathy Jaros, R.N., won the Honored Nurse for Education Award and Nancy Rongo, R.N., the Honored Nurse for Leadership Award, from District 5 of the New York State Nurses' Association.  The honors were bestowed at the association's annual Nurses' Day awards breakfast on May 6.  

She’s top senior citizen in Delaware County

Mary Hunter, a 15-year volunteer at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, received the Senior Citizen of the Year Award from the Delaware County Senior Council.  She has been president of the Walton hospital’s volunteers for the past 10 years, raising money for the hospital through bake sales, penny socials and a phone-a-thon.