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Hospital for Special Surgery Receives Optum® Center Of Excellence Designation for Joint Replacement Surgery

New York, NY—July 13, 2017

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has been named a Center of Excellence (COE) for joint replacement surgery by health services leader Optum.

A COE designation is given to medical practices that combine top-quality clinical care with excellent patient support and better patient outcomes. Optum Centers of Excellence are reviewed annually and provide access to clinically superior, cost-effective health care based on criteria such as fewer patient complications and readmissions than those of other care providers in the market.

HSS is America’s leading specialty hospital devoted to orthopedics and rheumatology. The hospital was ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-17), and is the only hospital in New York State to receive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. Areas of expertise, in addition to joint replacement and spine surgery, include physiatry and rehabilitation medicine. Patients from all 50 states and more than 100 countries entrust HSS with their care.

The Optum COE network provides patients with access to high-quality medical centers for spine and joint surgery that consistently deliver safe, evidenced-based care.

"We chose Hospital for Special Surgery to be in our Centers of Excellence network because it exceeded our criteria and has proven clinical outcomes," said Dr. Jon R. Friedman, chief medical officer, Population Health Solutions, Optum. "This is an excellent partnership that will provide patients with access to an outstanding facility."

"Our partnership with Optum offers significant benefits to patients who want access to high-quality orthopedic care," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS. "Hospital for Special Surgery is a leader in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of bone and muscle conditions, and our expertise is valuable in getting patients and their families back to a healthy and active life."


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
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 ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. 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. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. 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. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, 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.


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