Hospital for Special Surgery Named One of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures for 2012

Only Manhattan-Based Hospital Cited by The Joint Commission

New York—September 19, 2012 

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has been recognized by The Joint Commission as one of the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ for 2012. HSS is the only Manhattan-based hospital among the 620 hospitals recognized by The Joint Commission.

The announcement of Top Performers has been highly anticipated by hospitals across the country, recognizing their achievements in attaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

“The 620 Top Performers are leading the way in quality improvement, as American hospitals as a whole continue to make strides,” said  Mark R. Chassin, M.D., President of The Joint Commission. “While all hospitals achieving improvements deserve congratulations, those making this list have achieved an exemplary level of performance.”

The Joint Commission’s annual report presents scientific evidence of how hospital performance relates to common medical conditions and procedures. The report shines a light on hospitals based on their performance related to 45 accountability measures. HSS was recognized as a Top Performer for surgical care.

Hospitals recognized by The Joint Commission represent the top 18 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals reporting core measure performance data for 2011. Last year, 405 hospitals were recognized, representing the top 14 percent of Joint Commission accredited hospitals.

The Top Performers for 2012 will be formally announced today, when The Joint Commission publishes its “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report.

Here is a link to the annual report.


About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology, No. 10 in neurology, and No. 5 in geriatrics by U.S.News & World Report (2012-13), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and 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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