Strong Health Geriatrics Program Ranks Among Best

Program at Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Earns Spot in USNews List

July 09, 2004

For the second year in a row, geriatrics programs at Strong Memorial Hospital and Highland Hospital rank among the best in the nation, according to the July 12th issue of U.S.News & World Report. 

The program captured the spotlight from among more than 2,100 hospitals eligible for this year’s rankings, listed as #41, up slightly from last year’s #42 slot.  For the last 15 years, the magazine’s “America’s Best Hospitals” issue has used a variety of rigorous statistical and reputational measures to select the top 50 hospitals in each of 17 specialties.  Of all 6,012 U.S. hospitals, only 177, or fewer than 1 in 30, were considered to be of high enough quality to be ranked in even a single specialty this year. 

Geriatrics has a long-standing tradition at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and its teaching hospitals. Beginning with the pioneering work of T. Franklin Williams, M.D. almost 40 years ago, broad clinical, education, 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.

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