First New York State Hospital Patient Safety Award to Hospital for Special Surgery

New York, NY—January 24, 2002

The first New York State Hospital Patient Safety Award has been awarded to Hospital for Special Surgery for its best quality initiatives aimed at improving the safety and quality of patient care. In establishing this new award, the NYS Department of Health aims to not only applaud and promote the Best Practices of outstanding institutions, but also to have their programs serve as a catalyst for improving health care and patient outcomes statewide. HSS was recognized by the State for its innovative program “to better document, track and administer prescribed medications to patients.”

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), in its report “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System,” provided a vivid picture of a health care system sorely in need of systems-based, error-reduction methods.

“At Hospital for Special Surgery, patient care has always been a primary concern. This award recognizes the programs we have in place to provide quality patient care. Frankly, we have great hopes that our processes will serve as a model for other health care organizations. Our international reputation, as a leader in the treatment of all musculoskeletal problems, is recognized and enhanced by this award and is a well-earned tribute to the extraordinary team of health care professionals at HSS. They are all dedicated to providing the best quality patient care, and that requires continual vigilance and commitment to excellence,” said John Reynolds, President and CEO of HSS.

In addition to the recognition, HSS received a $200,000 grant to assist the NYS Department of Health in promoting error reduction strategies in other hospitals in New York State.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at


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