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HSS Lerner Children’s Pavilion Named Best Hospital for Pediatric Orthopedics

U.S.News & World Report Releases 2019-2020 Survey of “Best Children’s Hospitals”

Hospital for Special Surgery’s (HSS) Lerner Children’s Pavilion continues to earn national recognition as a leader in pediatric orthopedics, ranking among the nation’s finest in the 2019-2020 U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” list.

“HSS has an esteemed team of pediatric specialists who are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive care to all our young patients in a healing environment,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS. “We are proud to provide world class care with patients as the driving force behind our mission and vision.”

The 13th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on pediatric centers in the country. These rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

The U.S.News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

“Quality, safety and patient-centered care are of primary importance for families when choosing a hospital for pediatric orthopedic surgical care,” said Roger F. Widmann, MD, chief of the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery Service at HSS. “Families travel to HSS from around the U.S. and the rest of the world to obtain state of the art diagnosis, medical management and surgical treatment.”

Select measures driving the compilation of this year’s list where HSS performed at the forefront include:

  • Advanced Technology
  • Commitment to Quality Improvement
  • Steps to Engage Families
  • Patient and Family Services
  • Nursing Intensity
  • Nurse Magnet Recognition
  • Commitment to Best Practices
  • Use of Infection-preventing Measures
  • Preventing Surgical Complications

“HSS performs a high volume of pediatric orthopedic surgeries each year and this acknowledgement exhibits the dedicated focus of our pediatric specialists who provide the safest and most advanced care for children,” said Todd J. Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief and medical director at HSS. “As part of the HSS mission, it is our duty to enhance the lives of patients by keeping them at the center of all that we do.”

There were more than 37,000 pediatric visits to the HSS Lerner Children’s Pavilion to be treated by dedicated anesthesiologists, radiologists, nurses, physical therapists and social workers. Its Leon Root MD, Motion Analysis Laboratory and Child Life program are among unique features.

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.