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US News & World Report Ranks South Nassau Highly in its Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings

South Nassau Communities Hospital is ranked thirty-fifth among all hospitals in the New York metropolitan area by the U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings.

To be ranked in the Best Hospitals metro area rankings, South Nassau had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. In addition to New York City, the New York metropolitan area includes hospitals based in Long Island, Westchester County, and northern New Jersey.

“This noteworthy ranking is a direct result of our commitment to our mission to provide standard-setting healthcare services,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, president and CEO of South Nassau. “The communities and patients we serve know that they can turn to us for the quality, compassionate healthcare that they deserve whenever and wherever they need it.”

The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, and include 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation by U.S News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of healthcare consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital.

There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures. The metro area rankings will be updated in July at the same time the 2011-12 national Best Hospitals rankings are posted online.

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