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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."



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