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Lenox Hill only hospital in NYC named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals


Lenox Hill Hospital has received “America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award” from Healthgrades for the third consecutive year (2017–2019) for providing the highest quality of care and consistently achieving superior clinical outcomes across the majority of common inpatient conditions and procedures. This distinction places Lenox Hill, the only hospital to receive this honor in New York City, in the top two percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized alongside some of the very best medical institutions in the United States,” said Jill Kalman, MD, the hospital’s executive director. “At Lenox Hill, our clinicians, administrators and staff are dedicated to achieving excellence across a broad spectrum of clinical areas and providing an exceptional level of care to our patients.”

In addition to being recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation, Lenox Hill was presented with the “America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award” for the sixth year in a row (2014-2018). Recipients of this award stand out above the rest because they consistently deliver comprehensive, high-quality care and perform in the top five percent nationally for overall clinical excellence.

Achieving excellence across five clinical areas

Lenox Hill was also recognized among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for exceptional outcomes in five clinical areas for four consecutive years (2016-2019):

  • Cardiac Care, including heart bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures, heart attack treatment, heart failure treatment and heart valve surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Care, including bowel obstruction treatment, colorectal surgeries, gallbladder removal, esophageal/stomach surgeries, treatment of gastrointestinal bleeds, treatment for pancreatitis and small intestine surgeries
  • General Surgery, including bowel obstruction treatment, colorectal surgeries, gallbladder removal, esophageal/stomach surgeries and small intestine surgeries
  • Prostate Surgery, including prostate removal surgery and transurethral resection of the prostate
  • Coronary Intervention procedures

Furthermore, Lenox Hill received Excellence Awards in two additional clinical areas – Cardiac Surgery (2019) and Cranial Neurosurgery (2015-2019), as well as Five-Star Distinctions in five additional areas – Treatment of Pneumonia (2014-2019), Treatment of Stroke (2015-2019), Treatment of Sepsis (2014-2019), Treatment of Respiratory Failure (2014-2019), and Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies (2016-2019).

Patients treated in medical centers achieving the Best Hospitals award have a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured during the 2019 study period (2015-2017) across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome, according to Healthgrades. These hospitals demonstrated superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures. The analysis further indicates that if all hospitals had performed similarly to these award-winning hospitals during that time period, 172,950 lives could potentially have been saved.

“We have implemented a process-driven approach to quality and have consistently focused our efforts on our patient care outcomes,” said Daniel J. Baker, MD, Lenox Hill’s medical director. “To have so many of our clinical areas recognized for achieving excellence is truly extraordinary and demonstrates our continued commitment to the quality of care we offer our patients and our community.”

Healthgrades is an independent group that analyzes hospital quality measures and is the leading online patient resource for comprehensive information about hospitals and physicians. To determine its annual America’s Best Hospital rankings, the organization uses Medicare inpatient data to evaluate an array of treatments and procedures and to identify the hospitals with outstanding quality of care and clinical performance.