MANHATTAN – As vaccinations from Covid-19 slowly increase and allow society to return to some semblance of normal, we’re reminded by health officials of the dangers of delaying medical care— and it tuns out the Upper East Side is home to several of the nation’s best hospitals according to brand new rankings from US News and World Report.
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is ranked seventh best hospital in the nation according to US News and the best in New York.
“We are deeply grateful to our amazing team of health care heroes, whose extraordinary dedication to our patients and their families makes this achievement possible,” said Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian in a statement.
Ranked collectively with its West Side counterpart, Columbia University Medical Center, US News points to the WCMC’s elite performance in twenty-two adult and pediatric specialties including Cancer, Cardiology, Neurology and Psychiatry in its rankings.
Weill Cornell Medical Center’s campus on East 68th Street and York Avenue opened its doors to patients in 1932 and boasts a long history of medical achievements including creation of the Pap smear test in 1941, a procedure that has helped save countless women’s lives from cervical cancer.
“We will continue to pioneer research that saves lives, educate the next generation of leading physicians, and offer the highest quality, most compassionate care to the communities we serve,” Corwin added.
Nearby on York Avenue, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was recognized as the second best Cancer hospital in the country– it has been ranked either number one or two in cancer care for more than 30 years. Seven other specialties at MSKCC were also ranked nationally, including Otolaryngology— commonly known as Ear, Nose and Throat care.
On East 70th Street is the Hospital for Special Surgery, which holds the distinction of being first in the nation for treatment of Orthopedics for the 12th year in a row and is ranked fourth in the nation for Rheumatology, according to US News. Pediatric Orthopedics at HSS ranks fourteenth.
“These recognitions reflect the commitment of every member of the HSS team to help each patient get back to what they need or love to do better than anyplace else in the world,” said HSS CEO and President Louis A. Shapiro in their announcement.
Lenox Hill Hospital, on East 77th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues, also received some notable recognition in the US News & World Report rankings, listed among the nation’s top-50 hospitals in seven medical specialties and ranked fourth-best hospital in New York.
“As our doctors, nurses and staff have demonstrated throughout the arduous year and a half of this devastating pandemic, our top priority is keeping our community healthy and safe,” said Dr. Mark Schiffer, Lenox Hill Hospital’s Executive Director in a news release.
Lenox Hill Hospital was also featured in a Netflix docuseries last year that chronicled the lives of four doctors at the hospital in the time leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic.