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Published on July 24, 2014

For 3rd Year, U.S. News Names UHS a Top Hospital

For the third year in a row, UHS Hospitals has been named among the best hospitals in the country by the national news magazine U.S. News & World Report.

The 25th edition of the publication's "Best Hospitals" rankings lists UHS Hospitals as 29th among New York State's 240 hospitals, up from 31st place last year and 34th place two years ago.

Of the 44 Central New York hospitals evaluated, UHS Hospitals is one of only three designated as meeting standards for "strong performance." 

Significantly, the 2014-15 edition of the publication singled out UHS Hospitals as a "high-performer" in the field of orthopedics, a key specialty that impacts the lives of thousands of Southern Tier residents.

"We are proud to be counted among the top healthcare organizations in the United States," said Matthew J. Salanger, president and chief executive officer of UHS.  "It is a further confirmation that the quality of care we provide is on a par with that offered at some of the top medical centers and universities in the country."

The annual "Best Hospitals" rankings recognize hospitals and healthcare systems that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

The magazine evaluates nearly 5,000 institutions across the country in 16 adult specialties.  This year it ranked only 144 U.S. hospitals as national high performers in one or more specialties.  Another 608 were regional high performers.

The magazine's editors made several changes to their ranking method this time around, adding new data and a greater emphasis on patient safety.  Safety metrics now account for 10 percent of each hospital's overall score.

"U.S. News first began publishing hospital rankings in 1990 as part of an expanding group of consumer advice products," the editors said in a statement published July 15.  "Over the past 25 years, the 'Best Hospitals' rankings have guided millions of patients and their families to high-quality hospital care when they need it most."

The 25th edition of the report is available free of charge at usnews.com

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