Brooklyn, NY (January 27, 2010) - Maimonides Medical Center announced today that it has received the prestigious "2010 Distinguished Hospital Award" from HealthGrades, placing it among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for low mortality and complication rates. Other hospitals in the region receiving this distinction include New York-Presbyterian and Yale-New Haven Hospital.


"The welfare of our patients is our primary concern," said Pamela S. Brier, President and CEO of Maimonides Medical Center. "So it is especially gratifying to be recognized at a national level for excellence in patient outcomes. The families we serve deserve no less than our best efforts."

The national study by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, analyzed patient outcomes at each of the nation's 5,000 nonfederal hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 and named hospitals in the top five percent as "HealthGrades Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence." Only 269 hospitals in the nation received this distinction.

According to the eighth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, Maimonides and the other hospitals in the top five percent nationally demonstrated patient outcomes that far exceeded those of other hospitals. Patients admitted to these hospitals had risk-adjusted mortality rates that were, on average, 29 percent lower than all other hospitals. Risk-adjusted complication rates were, on average, nine percent lower than all other hospitals.

"Our data show that only a select few hospitals achieve high-quality patient outcomes not just in a few categories of care, but across the board and over time," said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and an author of the study. "Patients in communities with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence should feel proud of the hospital's accomplishments, and confident that the level of care there is among the very best in the nation."

The study states: "Patients who choose to receive their care at a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence certainly will have a lower risk for an adverse clinical outcome relative to all other hospitals."

In addition to this recognition for overall clinical excellence, Maimonides has achieved recognition from HealthGrades for several specific areas in 2010, such as:

  • Cardiac Care Excellence Award
  • Five-Star Rated for Spinal Surgery
  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award
  • Five-Star Rated for Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Services
  • Critical Care Excellence Award (Ranked #1 in New York State for Critical Care)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award.

Maimonides Medical Center is approaching its Centennial year, and is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation - training over 450 medical and surgical residents annually. Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 705 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs. For more information on the nationally recognized clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, please log-on to


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