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Lenox Hill Hospital is among America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2022 according to Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. This recognition places Lenox Hill among the top 1% of all hospitals in the country for its high quality of clinical care and positive patient outcomes for the most common conditions and procedures. It is the only hospital in New York City to receive this honor in 2022.

Lenox Hill Hospital is among America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2022.

In order to become eligible for America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award, a hospital must place within the top 5% of medical centers in the nation for a number of years. Prior to this year’s distinction, Healthgrades had placed Lenox Hill among the 100 best hospitals in the nation for five consecutive years.

Healthgrades has also designated Lenox Hill as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care, coronary intervention and prostate surgery.

In addition to the recognition by Healthgrades, Lenox Hill was rated by U.S. News & World Report as the fourth-ranked medical center in New York State and received top-50 national ratings in seven medical specialties: neurology and neurosurgery (23rd best in the nation), orthopedics (25th), ear, nose and throat (27th), cardiology and heart surgery (28th), gynecology (31st), diabetes and endocrinology (38th), and geriatrics (39th). The hospital also recently received three-star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for superior outcomes in two complex cardiothoracic procedures: isolated coronary artery bypass grafting and isolated mitral valve replacement and repair.

Catholic Health has received $4.2 million from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to expand system-wide programs and projects to enhance patient care. This is the third consecutive year the Cabrini Health Foundation has supported the efforts of Catholic Health.

The eight grants received span the entirety of Catholic Health and will have broad impact across Long Island:

  • Good Samaritan Hospital will receive a $1.1 million Challenge Grant for the modernization of its Mother-Baby program, intended to attract matching gifts from other donors from the Good Samaritan community. This will allow major updates to the West Islip hospital’s delivery suites and neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Mercy Hospital is receiving $1 million to support the relocation and expansion of its presurgical testing unit to the new Family Care Center located on the Rockville Centre hospital’s campus.
  • Good Shepherd Hospice will receive $1 million for its EMR platform. The funding will be used to support the implementation of a state-of-the-art EMR that will empower clinical staff to enhance services for those in need of care and their families.
  • Catholic Health’s Meds-to-Bedsprogram will receive $296,605 to help patients adhere to their prescribed medications and decrease medication costs for up to 300 uninsured patients enrolled in the patient-centered pharmacy services program.
  • Catholic Home Care is receiving $250,000 to support its telehealth remote patient monitoring system. Expansion of this initiative will address disparities in Nassau and Suffolk counties and serve an additional 1,200 patients with at-home telehealth services.
  • The launch of Good Samaritan’s Tele-Mommies Project is being supported with a grant of $224,150. This program provides care for expectant mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies.
  • The St. Charles Hospital Gold Dental Clinic will receive $172,000 to support its efforts to provide dental care for uninsured and underinsured patients, including veterans and members of the clergy.
  • Catholic Home Care will receive $160,471 to support the expansion of its remote patient monitoring program. New equipment and enhanced staffing will help provide services to an additional 800 patients.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation announced that it awarded $378,000 in grants for its fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2021. Recipients include Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) of Eastern Long Island, The Retreat and the Shinnecock Health Center. Administered in partnership with the Southampton Hospital Foundation and Phillips Family Cancer Center, the grants benefit the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and Ellen’s Well, a program that provides psychosocial support to breast and gynecological cancer patients.

Julie Ratner, co-founder and President of the Board of Directors, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation; Edna Kapenhas, MD, Medical Director of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital; Anne Tschida Gomberg, Executive Director, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation; (back row) Laura Borghardt, MS, MBA, CMD, Director, SBSH Cancer Services, The Phillips Family Cancer Center and Ellen Hermanson Breast Center; Kevin Unruh, M.Ed., RT (R), (MR), (CT), Vice President of Allied Health & Support Services, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

For the third year in a row, the Stony Brook University School of Nursing’s online master’s program was ranked in the top 10 schools nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 Best Online Programs rankings.

Stony Brook University’s School of Nursing continues to excel in its online educational programs, ranking once again as a top national online master’s program.

The Stony Brook program is ranked 8th, up a notch from 9th last year. It was ranked 7th in 2020 by the same U.S. News ranking system. The School of Nursing has offered online education since 1994. The master’s program has had consistent success rising in the ranks, as it has remained in the top 20 for most of the past decade.

In an era of increasing modules for remote learning within many forms of higher education — accelerated in part by the worldwide pandemic — nursing benefits from high quality online education.

The school also was ranked 13th for Nursing Administration, which is a significant distinction because the Stony Brook master’s program in nursing leadership prepares nurses as leaders to assume leadership positions across all levels of nursing. Fostering nurses’ roles as leaders and advocates is a key concept identified in The Future of Nursing 2020–2030 Report, released by the National Academy of Medicine in 2021.

According to U.S. News, online graduate data used as methodology to calculate the rankings is based on factors such as student engagement, faculty credentials, student services and technology.

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence on the Intensive Care Unit at Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital. The award — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year recognition meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award. The ICU team also received this award in 2018.

Mercy’s ICU team together with executive leadership

Earning a Beacon Award signifies how Mercy Hospital’s ICU nurses use continuous learning and effective systems to achieve optimal patient care. They earned this recognition by meeting the following evidence-based criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

For patients and their families, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For nurses, a Beacon Award means a positive and supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders. Mercy Hospital will hold this designation for three years.

Four Northwell Health hospitals with cardiothoracic surgery programs — Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Staten Island University Hospital and South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore — earned prestigious three-star quality overall ratings in the several cardiac surgical categories analyzed by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The latest report included data from 906 cardiothoracic surgical programs across the United States and Canada.

Four Northwell Health hospitals earn prestigious ratings in the several cardiac surgical categories

The Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital (SABHH) at NSUH has achieved three-star overall quality ratings — the highest possible performance rating — in all five cardiac surgical categories analyzed by the STS. In addition, North Shore University Hospital was nationally recognized in eight specialties on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 best hospital ranking, including cardiology and heart surgery at the SABHH.

Catholic Health is the exclusive presenting sponsor of the Tilles Center @ LIU Post, a premier concert venue on Long Island. As part of the Tilles Center sponsorship, Catholic Health will be supporting the Cares Program, which donates tickets to Long Island schools, local non-profits, hospitals, senior centers and other groups. Catholic Health will also be hosting an event during an upcoming performance that will recognize the hard work and dedication of the health system’s front line and essential workers.

Notable upcoming performances are Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 7 and The ELO Experience on May 15.

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Source: MD News February 2022, Long Island Edition