Hospital Rankings And Report Card For New York State


US News and World Report annually publishes its hospital ratings for each state. In New York, the list was recently published. To make the list, a hospital must be nationally ranked in one of 12 specialties, or having 3 or more ratings of “high performing” in a speciality or in the nine “best hospitals” procedures and conditions. Additionally, hospital report cards were also issued to all hospitals from a private organization.

While the top hospitals in New York are largely downstate, both St. Peter’s hospital and Albany Medical Center made the list at 12 and 13 respectfully, with St. Peter’s edging out AMC. Some other local hospitals, including Glens Falls Hospital, did show up in the top 30.

Not present, however, was Saratoga Hospital, Ellis Hospital, Columbia Memorial, Kingston Hospital, Vassar Brothers, Albany Memorial Hospital, or Northern Dutchess.

Despite not making the list, Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck received a B grade which is still very good. Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie also received a B.

However, some other local hospitals did not fair as well. Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson received a C. Kingston’s HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley received a shocking D grade, which is not very good at all. Adirondack Medical Center also received a D, as did Albany Memorial Hospital. Ellis also received a D.

What does this mean?

It means that there are resources out there that people need to review and make education decisions on now before they are in need of services. If that is elective surgery, patients should be checking with hospitals and providers before they have the surgery and doing their research. While most patients in an emergency cannot choose which hospital to go to, they should already research which hospitals they want to go to before their emergency happens. This is important to ensure that they have decisions made ahead of time.