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HSS Extends Global Network to Colombia with New Collaboration

World Leader in Musculoskeletal Health Will Support New Regional Medical Center in Cartagena, Colombia

HSS, the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health headquartered at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, today announced a strategic collaboration with Centro Hospitalario Serena del Mar, the medical center operated by Fundacion Santafe de Bogota within the visionary city Serena del Mar on the north coast of Cartagena, Colombia. Through a ‘medical bridge’ HSS will provide CHSM with specialist knowledge, training, best practice protocols and access to diagnostic support that will help ensure the highest possible standards of clinical quality and experience for patients from Central and South America.

Specialized in advancing orthopedics, rheumatology and related disciplines for 156 years and ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for orthopedics for the 10th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report, HSS expertise is recognized globally. Its Continuing Medical Education and other forms of training are the choice of professionals in 130 countries, and patients from more than 100 countries travel to HSS for care. As the world’s leading and largest laboratory for research in the fields of orthopedics and rheumatology, HSS advancements have included invention of the first modern total knee replacement and discoveries that led to an FDA approved therapy for rheumatoid arthritis.

To extend the availability and impact of its expertise, HSS collaborates strategically with select, like-minded organizations worldwide. Together, these collaborations work to transform care through innovation and the creation of a culture of excellence via continuous knowledge transfer, education and process improvement.

“HSS has the privilege and responsibility to advance care and quality of life everywhere, and collaboration with other organizations committed to excellence is proving to be a very effective strategy,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS. “Serena del Mar, and its Central Hospital supported by HSS, promise to have an outsized impact on quality of life in that part of the world.”

Serena del Mar is a new city constructed 12 km from the old city port of Cartagena, which offers residents opportunities for an enriched quality of life. Designed by innovative developers, planners, and landscapers, Serena del Mar will provide residents with offerings such as primary and higher education systems, economic opportunities, recreational green spaces and CHSM.

“At Serena del Mar, we have created a co-mingling of culture and innovation,” said Daniel Haime, president of Serena del Mar. “We wanted to provide residents with everything they may need including the best orthopedic care. HSS is in a class of its own, and its presence in our community will enhance our residents’ health and well-being.”

CHSM is operated by Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá; its orthopedics department will be affiliated with HSS. In this new collaboration, HSS will provide musculoskeletal-related clinical services, as well as recommendations for facility design, including enhancements to improve operating room efficiency.

CHSM is expected to open in January 2020.

About HSS

HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 14th consecutive year), No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2023-2024), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2023-2024). In a survey of medical professionals in more than 20 countries by Newsweek, HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics for a fourth consecutive year (2023). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection and complication rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. In addition, more than 200 HSS clinical investigators are working to improve patient outcomes through better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat orthopedic, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The HSS Innovation Institute works to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 165 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.