Quality and Safety

Quality and Safety at HSS

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in providing the highest quality healthcare in orthopedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation. We have received widespread recognition for the outstanding quality of care we provide. For example:

  • HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report 2017-18 Best Hospitals issue.
  • Hospital for Special Surgery is the first hospital in New York State to receive three consecutive Magnet designations - the highest honor for nursing excellence.
  • HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and has been recognized by the State of New York for having an infection rate statistically lower than the average for hip replacement surgery for the sixth year.

The Quality and Safety Website illustrates our commitment to providing exceptional care in all of our service areas. At Special Surgery, we demonstrate quality through compassionate and individualized care, sustaining a safe environment, and providing consumers with the information they need to make the best healthcare choices. We are proud of our commitment to excellence.

"My family and I will never
forget the professional
and compassionate care
I received at HSS."

- Alexandra, St. James, NY
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All hospitals are not equal, and you will want to choose the one that’s best for your individual needs. Hospital for Special Surgery created this site to help you make an educated decision.

There are specific quality benchmarks which are important for you to know about when selecting a hospital. At Special Surgery, we pay close attention to quality indicators, and as a result we are confident that we provide our patients with the safest possible environment. As the data show, we will get you moving again as quickly, safely, and painlessly as possible.

Before you decide where to receive care, empower yourself by becoming familiar with the data on this site. Studies show that people who are actively engaged in their healthcare decisions have more successful health outcomes. Quality indicators can help you learn about what outcomes you can expect from a hospital.

Do your research. Then talk to your doctor about which hospital is the right choice for you.