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Huntington was named the top community hospital in New York and nationally ranked for orthopedics

HUNTINGTON, NY — Huntington Hospital has been ranked the No. 1 community hospital in New York State (12th overall) and No. 14 in the New York metro region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospitals. In addition, the hospital achieved a national ranking (tied for 48th) for orthopedics.

The Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This year, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Just three percent of all the hospitals assessed earned a national ranking in even one specialty.

“We are extremely proud that Huntington Hospital has been recognized as one of the best in New York State and for having received a national ranking for the hospital’s orthopedics program based on our performance in orthopedic surgery and other musculoskeletal issues and injuries,” said Nick Fitterman, MD, Huntington executive director. “This prestigious recognition reflects the highest quality of patient care provided by our dedicated physicians, nurses and support staff.”

The rankings come at promising time for Huntington as recent capital investments have positioned the hospital as a premier place for care on Long Island’s North Shore.

In December 2016, Huntington unveiled its completely renovated, $53 million, 28,000-square-foot emergency department that includes 47 treatment bays. The construction doubled the size of the previous ED and has allowed for 64,000 patient visits each year.

Last October, Huntington opened its $11.8 million Center for Mothers and Babies — a significant upgrade to the previous Mother-Baby Unit. The new space features the latest comforts to mothers and their families, converting existing rooms into 19 private rooms with first-class amenities. It also includes a newborn nursery, Level II special care nursery (nine bassinets) and a dedicated parking and entrance.

Huntington has also strengthened cancer care with the addition of numerous oncologists and has also expanded robotic surgery, midwifery and OB-GYN services. In July, it received a two-year designation as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence (AS CoE) by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

“Huntington Hospital’s trajectory has been trending upward for quite some time,” Dr. Fitterman said. “Being named the top community hospital in the state is indicative of our efforts. We are very pleased with our continued progress and look forward to providing this community with the very best care possible.”

Huntington joins four other Northwell Health hospitals — North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital — in achieving top-50 ratings among the medical centers that were analyzed across the country. In addition, Cohen Children’s Medical Center received national rankings in nine pediatric specialties in a separate U.S. News survey released last month on the nation’s best children’s hospitals.