Strong’s Geriatrics and Hormone Disorder Services Among Best in Nation

July 17, 2003

The geriatric and hormone disorder specialties at Strong Memorial Hospital are ranked among the best programs in the nation, according to the July 28 issue of U.S. News & World Report.  The prestigious America’s Best Hospital’s issue uses a variety of statistics and reputation measures to select the top 50 hospitals in 17 specialties.  Medical and surgical specialists who treat complications from diabetic and obesity related disorders ranked #32, with two other New York state hospitals included in the ranking (New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center).  Strong’s geriatric department landed the #42 spot, with three other New York state hospitals also included on the list, all in New York City (Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian, and NYU Medical Center).  It is a first-time showing for the geriatrics program; the endocrinology department was included on the list in 1996.

The programs captured the spotlight from among more than 2,000 hospitals and medical centers eligible for the rankings. Each year, U.S. News ranks hospitals in 17 specialties from cancer to heart procedures to pediatrics. The magazine assesses hospitals based on an index made up of three equal parts related to quality of care: reputation, mortality, and various factors such as procedure volume and nursing care. Reputation alone determines rank in eyes, pediatrics, psychiatry and rehabilitation because mortality data are either unavailable or irrelevant.

“This recognition is a tribute to all of our faculty and staff who work tirelessly to provide the latest treatments and the very best care to our patients,” said C. McCollister Evarts, M.D., acting senior vice president of the Medical Center.  “We are fortunate that in Rochester we have many physicians and researchers who are at the forefront of their respective specialties, enabling us to provide a level of care that is nationally recognized.”

Geriatrics has a long-standing tradition at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and its teaching hospitals, Strong Memorial and Highland.  Beginning with the pioneering work of T. Franklin Williams, M.D., almost 40 years ago, broad clinical, educational and research programs have been developed here in Rochester.  Today, acute and follow-up care is directed by 10 board-certified geriatricians, reaching most of the 100,000 older adults in Monroe County.  The comprehensive care network is based at Strong and Highland hospitals, including the Center for Healthy Aging at Highland, and the Center for Lifetime Wellness at Monroe Community Hospital, along with various area assisted living and long term care facilities.

The “Hormonal Disorders” category ranking includes the overall management of diabetic and other metabolic disorders, along with related surgical procedures.  At Strong Memorial, the Endocrinology/ Metabolism unit has six active faculty that direct care for diabetes, thyroid disorders, glandular/hormonal disorders and metabolic disorders, seeing more than 5,000 patients each year.  They routinely work with Strong’s general and vascular surgeons, as well as neurosurgeons, to follow through with any complications from these disorders. 

For further information about U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals rankings, visit their website at www.usnews.com.

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