Strong's Gynecology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery Departments Capture National Spotlight; Programs Rank in U.S. News & World Report's 1999 List of America's Best Hospitals

July 16, 1999

Strong Memorial Hospital departments of Gynecology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery have been rated by U.S. News & World Report as among the nation's best. The magazine's 10th annual America's Best Hospitals issue rates Strong's Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery as the 26th best and our Gynecology Department as the 49th best in the country. Strong is among 188 hospitals in the country to land a position in the rankings of 16 distinct specialties.

"This ranking is further evidence that Strong's clinical and academic credentials are respected throughout the country," said Jay H. Stein, M.D., senior vice president and vice provost for health affairs at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "The ranking of these departments shows that the Medical Center has earned national preeminence as a center for clinical care, as well as education and research."

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks over 1,800 hospitals based on three main components - reputation among board-certified specialists, mortality rate, and a set of other medical information such as nursing data and number of discharges.

"These programs set the standard within our institution and within the community," said Steven I. Goldstein, Strong Memorial Hospital CEO. "My congratulations to the faculty and employees who make our Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery programs exemplary."

Strong Memorial's Ob/Gyn department ranks 11th in the nation for NIH funding, and its In Vitro Fertilization program has pregnancy rates that top the national average, surpassing all other fertility clinics in upstate New York.

Strong's Neurology program has consistently placed in the U.S. News survey. Its faculty participates in both national and international studies, and ranks 16th nationally among Neurology departments in federal research funding.

In Neurosurgery, Strong's team of eight adult and pediatric neurosurgeons are shaping the future of the field. In its Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery, stunning computer images let surgeons "see" deep into the brain as they operate, enabling them to remove tumors and repair damaged blood vessels which, just a few years ago, were considered inoperable.

For further information about U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals ranking, visit their website at http://www.usnews.com.

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