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4 LI hospitals rank among nation's best

An exterior view of St. Francis Hospital, located

An exterior view of St. Francis Hospital, located in Roslyn on April 2, 2008. Credit: Viorel Florescu

St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn came out on top among Long Island hospitals in U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In its annual survey of 4,793 hospitals released Tuesday, the magazine ranked St. Francis 11th nationwide in cardiology and heart surgery, the sixth year in a row the hospital has been nationally recognized and the best ranking to date.

The hospital was also ranked 24th nationally in geriatrics, 32nd in gastroenterology, and 36th in neurology and neurosurgery. Among New York hospitals, it was rated fourth in the state and fifth in the metropolitan area.

Chief executive Dr. Alan Guerci attributed St. Francis' success to "its wonderful culture."

"St. Francis has a unique culture. It has a total commitment to excellence," Guerci said. "That commitment permeates every level of the organization."

For the first time, U.S. News ranked Huntington Hospital nationally, scoring well in three clinical areas: It was 43rd in gastroenterology, 44th in ear, nose and throat care, and 50th in geriatrics. Huntington was ranked ninth in the state and the metropolitan area.

North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset ranked 48th nationally in neurology and neurosurgery, and 49th for gastroenterology. It was 10th in the metro area and eighth in the state.

This year, U.S. News said 148 hospitals performed well enough to rank nationally in even one specialty.

Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola was rated 17th overall in the metro area and 15th in the state. Nationally, it ranked 25th in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology, and 48th in pediatric urology.

Stony Brook University Hospital, ranked 20th in the metropolitan area and 17th in the state, wasn't nationally ranked in any specialty. But it was cited for high performance in nine specialties.

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston topped the magazine's honor roll this year, edging Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which had been rated No. 1 for 21 years in a row.

The top-rated hospital in the metro area was NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.

Earlier this month, Consumer Reports released its first ratings for safety of 1,159 U.S. hospitals, combining six measures into one score: infections, readmissions, overuse of scanning, communication about new medications, and discharge, complications and mortality.

Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead ranked third in the state, with a score of 59. St. Francis was fifth, with a score of 57. The lowest score among Long Island hospitals was 31, at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown.

The top score nationally was 72, at Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont. The lowest was 16, at Chicago's Sacred Heart Hospital.

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The top 20 hospitals in the NYC metropolitan area, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report:

1. NewYork-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (Manhattan)

2. NYU Langone Medical Center (Manhattan)

3. Mount Sinai Medical Center (Manhattan)

4. Hackensack University Medical Center (New Jersey)

5. St. Francis Hospital (Roslyn)

6. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Manhattan)

7. Hospital for Special Surgery (Manhattan)

8. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Jersey)

9. Huntington Hospital (Huntington)

10. Morristown Medical Center (New Jersey)

10. North Shore University Hospital (Manhasset)

12. Hospital Center for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center (Manhattan)

13. Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx)

14. Lenox Hill Hospital (Manhattan)

15. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (Manhattan)

16. Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (New Jersey)

17. Winthrop-University Hospital (Mineola)

18. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (New Jersey)

18. Jersey Shore University Medical Center (New Jersey)

20. Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn)

20. Stony Brook University Medical Center (Stony Brook)

20. Westchester Medical Center (Valhalla)