The HSS Care Advantage

Hospital For Special Surgery
Again Ranked No. 1 In Orthopedics 
By U.S. News & World Report

Hospital Ranked 
A Leader In Rheumatology 
At No. 2 In The Nation

New York—July 19, 2011
U.S. News & World Report has once again named Hospital for Special Surgery the top hospital in the country for orthopedics in its 2011 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. The hospital has also ranked as a leader in rheumatology at number two in the nation. In addition, neurology was ranked at No. 19.
“We are deeply honored to be recognized nationally as the best in our specialized fields,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery. “Our hospital staff consistently exceeds the high standards that we set for ourselves, providing an environment for excellence in patient care and safety.”
Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief of Hospital for Special Surgery added, “This accomplishment reflects a true commitment to excellence by our orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, physiatrists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, nurses and other health-care professionals who work hard to advance the research and education that translate into unsurpassed patient care."
In addition to the recognition by U.S. News & World Report, the hospital’s commitment to quality was recognized by Consumer Reports, which rated the hospital the best in New York City for patient satisfaction in a survey of 43 hospitals throughout the five boroughs. The New York State Department of Health also found that of the 169 hospitals in New York State that performed hip replacement/revision surgery in 2009, the most recent data available, Hospital for Special Surgery was the only hospital with a statistically lower rate of surgical site infection compared to the state average.
Currently, physicians from Hospital for Special Surgery’s Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service perform in official capacities for major professional sports teams including the Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Football Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, Nets Basketball, New York Liberty Basketball and New York Red Bulls Soccer. HSS sports medicine specialists also served on the U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff team that covered the Beijing Games in 2008.
Another testament to Hospital for Special Surgery’s excellence and consistency is its high ranking in rheumatology. Mary K. Crow, M.D., physician-in-chief and chairman of the Division of Rheumatology explained that, “As specialists in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, our patients trust us to be able to relieve their pain and to use our expertise to offer individualized recommendations and advice.” By integrating the latest research with comprehensive clinical care, Dr. Crow and colleagues work to “provide the best possible outcomes for our patients with challenging diseases such as lupus, as well as those with inflammatory or degenerative arthritis.”
Last year, more than 25,000 surgeries were performed at Hospital for Special Surgery. Areas of expertise include joint replacement, spine surgery, sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, pediatric orthopedics, limb lengthening, osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Additionally, the hospital established the Center for Musculoskeletal Outcomes and Patient Oriented Research, an innovative specialty center that will guide experts in preventing, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders. The Center will work in coordination with the hospital’s other specialty centers and services to enable patients and physicians to make informed decisions based on clinical and functional outcomes, patient-reported quality of life and cost.
Hospital for Special Surgery currently maintains more than 30 research registries for conditions ranging from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries to lupus to rheumatoid arthritis. The HSS total joint replacement registry, for example, contains data from more than 20,000 patients. “Through these registries, clinicians and researchers collect more than demographic and clinical information,” said Dr. Sculco. “They also gather patient reports about outcomes after surgery, such as satisfaction with treatment, quality of life and return to activities.”

Dr. Pearle performs all his robotic partial knee replacement procedures at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 ranked orthopedic center in the country. Hospital for Special Surgery has the lowest infection rate and performs more knee surgeries than any other center in the world. With the help of the anesthesia and therapy teams at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Pearle has developed advanced protocols for pain management and rapid rehabilitation to guide you through the procedure. Finally, the nurses at Hospital for Special Surgery have earn the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence and were the first in the State of New York to be re-designated with the Nursing's highest honor.

About U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals”

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” is a resource for consumers seeking the highest quality care in 16 medical specialties. With more than 5,000 hospitals evaluated nationwide, rankings are based on reputation and measures of quality, such as patient volumes and mortality rates as well as nursing care and technology services.

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. 2 in rheumatology, No. 19 in neurology, and No. 16 in geriatrics by U.S.News & World Report (2011-12), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and 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. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. 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

Lower Infection Rates

No other hospital in the state has a lower surgical site infection rate for hip replacement than HSS. Of the 169 hospitals included in the most recent New York State Department of Health report, only HSS had a statistically lower surgical site infection rate than the state average of 1.3 percent for hip replacement. Hospitals that performed the highest number of hip replacement procedures had the lowest infection rates, according to the report. And, no hospital in the world performs more joint replacement surgeries than Hospital for Special Surgery.

Excellence in Hospital Team Care

The hospital setting matters. For example, study out of Sweden demonstrated that there was a direct association between the number of partial knee replacements performed in the hospital and the revision rate. In this study, the greater the surgical volume of partial knee replacements performed, the lower the rate of revision(5). Surgical volume is one reason to choose Hospital for Special Surgery. No hospital in the world performs more joint replacement surgeries than HSS. We are truly experts at what we do. Because Hospital for Special Surgery is devoted exclusively to orthopedics, every one of our scientists, nurses, and therapists is a specialist in this field and aligned to provide the best possible care.

Advanced Pain Management

Anesthesiologists at Hospital for Special Surgery have dedicated themselves to perfecting the art and science of regional anesthesia. Regional anesthetics have been associated with less post-operative pain and less nausea. More importantly, a lower incidence of blood clots, reduced blood loss, and a minimized stress response by the body have also been reported, which results in quicker recovery times. Together with our nursing specialists, relieving pain is at the core of our practice at each level of care, including our Interventional Pain Management Division, Acute Pain Service, and Recuperative Pain Medicine Service. This standard is supported by our continued 99th percentile ranking across all peer groups in pain management satisfaction.

Rapid Rehabilitation

Our orthopedic rehabilitation specialists actually wrote the professional manual on the gold standards of orthopedic surgery rehabilitation. Often, the hospital’s proprietary Rapid Recovery program begins just hours after you’re wheeled out of the recovery room. Every PT at the hospital has advanced expert training in specific orthopedic recovery procedures, and our Magnet-recognized nurses are specialized in caring for musculoskeletal patients.

Patient Amenities and Concierge Services at the Hospital for Special Surgery

For patients and/or family members who need overnight accommodations, Hospital for Special Surgery’s Belaire Guest Facilities offer elegant and comfortable lodging. Conveniently located directly across from the Hospital on East 71st Street between the FDR and York Avenue, Belaire units can be used prior to hospital admission and beyond hospital discharge. If needed, interpreter services and wheelchairs are readily available. HSS Guest Facilities are in close proximity to the New York Presbyterian-Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Rockefeller University. Please call 212.606.1989 to make a reservation.

Special Features and Conveniences:

24-hour concierge
Intercom to main lobby
Fully equipped kitchens/kitchenettes
Maid service
Underground parking
Cable television and telephone service
Access for handicapped persons
Within 25 miles of three major airport

Patient and Family Atriums

Our Patient and Family Atria are located on each of our surgical and procedure floors. Each area is staffed by patient liaisons and volunteer who will greet you and are available throughout the day to answer your questions. We aim to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
When you arrive, please check in at our reception desk. If you are accompanying a patient and would like to leave the area, please leave a contact phone number with our liaison staff.
For your comfort and convenience, our Atria offer:
Complimentary coffee, tea and snacks
Computers with free internet access
Free Wi-Fi
Newspapers and magazines
Vending machines
Pyramid Cafe (4th floor and lobby)
Belaire Café
525 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021
The Belaire Café located on the plaza level in the Belaire Building, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open Monday to Friday from 6:45am - 6:00pm to outpatients and visitors.

Language and Communication Services

To ensure your best clinical experience, HSS provides free-of-charge medical interpretation, key document translations, and communication assistance and devices. When you register for HSS Services, you will be asked your language of preference, and offered language/communication assistance. Language services are also available to assist applicants for financial aid. Learn more about HSS Language Services.

International Center

The International Center facilitates access to all Hospital services and assures a comfortable stay for all international patients. For more information, please call the International Center at 212.606.1186 or send an email to

Domestic Travelers

The HSS Coast to Coast (C2C) Program is committed to helping patients traveling from out of the area seeking our care. Our team is dedicated to helping you during your visit by ensuring that you and your family are comfortable and that your concerns are addressed. For more information, please call 212.606.1610 or send an email to

Patient and Family Discount Card

Please ask for a complimentary Patient and Family Discount Card which entitles you to a discount at participating local restaurants. They are available in all of the Patient and Family Atria (1st, 4th, and 9th floors, as well as the 75th Street Special Procedures Unit). Please see the HSS Neighborhood Directory for special rates offered to patients and families at local hotels. 

Patient Support Services


HSS provides support, information, advocacy, and assistance in accessing services to help you manage your arthritis and related conditions. We can also help you to better understand your options under Medicaid managed care.

Case Management:

HSS has a team of certified social workers and registered nurses who assist patients from pre-admission to post-discharge.

Patient Advocacy: 

To help meet our patients’ spiritual needs, HSS provides a Chaplaincy Service as an integral part of the health care team. The chaplains are here to serve you and your family. They are a multi-faith community dedicated to the spiritual care of all persons.