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Strong's Orthopaedic Program Tops in the Nation

Friday, July 12, 2002

From a list of close to 2,000 hospitals, work performed by orthopaedic physicians at Strong Memorial Hospital is among the best in the nation. In the July 22 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which spotlights America's Best Hospitals, Strong's Orthopaedic department is listed as the nation's 41st best program. Only two other programs in New York state were included in the orthopaedic rankings, both in New York City.

The Strong Memorial program captured the spotlight from among the 1,958 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 and urology. 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.

"It is an honor to be included in the very prestigious U.S. News and World Report America's Best Hospitals ranking," said Jay H. Stein, M.D., Strong Health CEO. "For years, our orthopaedic physicians and researchers have been at the forefront in their respective specialties, providing exemplary orthopaedic care to the upstate New York region. I congratulate all of the professionals within the department who work hard each and every day to ensure the best care possible is delivered to our patients.

Chaired by Randy Rosier, M.D., Ph.D., the department includes 25 physicians, making it the region's largest orthopaedic group. Most have fellowship training in one of eight areas of orthopaedics including total joint replacement, sports medicine, hand/upper extremity, spine, foot/ankle, orthopaedic oncology, orthopaedic pediatrics, and orthopaedic trauma. In January, it consolidated all of its outpatient and urgent care services to Clinton Crossings facility, and since then, has experienced a tremendous surge in patient volume including at its Spine and Arthritis and Total Joint Surgical Centers.

Its researchers are also recognized leaders. In fact, its Musculoskeletal Research Center is one of the top five largest orthopaedic research departments as determined by funding from the National Institutes of Health. For further information about U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals rankings, visit their website at

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