The Mount Sinai Hospital Gets a Top Surgery Rating

The Mount Sinai Hospital has received a top Consumer Reports rating for how patients fare during and after surgery. Only four hospitals in New York State received this top rating: The Mount Sinai Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Kenmore Mercy Hospital in Kenmore, New York, according to the publication, which rated nearly 2,500 hospitals across the nation.

To achieve its ratings, Consumer Reports analyzed billing claims that hospitals submitted to Medicare from 2009 through 2011 for patients undergoing 27 common scheduled surgeries and determined how each hospital compared in avoiding adverse events during a patient’s hospital stay for surgery.

“We are pleased that The Mount Sinai Hospital received a top Consumer Reports surgery rating, which is a testament to our comprehensive-care model that relies on team-based medicine,” says Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

“Today’s complex health care environment demands transparency and results, and our surgical teams and support staff are dedicated to quality improvement and patient safety to positively affect patient outcomes,” says Michael L. Marin, MD. Dr. Marin is the Dr. Julius H. Jacobson II Chair in Vascular Surgery and Chairman of the Ruth J. and Maxwell Hauser and Harriet and Arthur H. Aufses Jr. MD, Department of Surgery.

In addition to the overall surgery rating, the publication also provided individual hospital ratings for five specific procedure types: back surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, angioplasty, and carotid artery surgery. Mount Sinai rated well in each of these categories, and garnered a top rating for coronary angioplasty. Mount Sinai is a national leader in angioplasty: for more than 15 years, Mount Sinai and physicians from the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory have received the highest safety rating given by the New York State Department of Health for this procedure.

Mount Sinai also attained a favorable Consumer Reports rating for hip and knee replacement, surpassing Hospital for Special Surgery in both categories. “Our skilled orthopaedic surgeons work closely with Nursing and operating room staff to achieve the safest possible outcomes, and we think the data—that Mount Sinai had 33 percent fewer adverse events than predicted for hips—reflects that passion for excellence,” says Evan L. Flatow, MD, Bernard J. Lasker Professor and Chair, Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Chief of Shoulder Surgery.

“I congratulate our hospital staff, whose dedication to patient safety and care coordination has helped us achieve this top surgery rating,” says David L. Reich, MD, Interim President and Chief Operating Officer of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Horace W. Goldsmith Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology.

The complete report is available in the September issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org/cro/hospitalratings0913.

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