Stony Brook University Hospital Named America’s 100 Best for Stroke Care

Stony Brook University Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals Stroke Care™ for six consecutive years according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

“Stony Brook provides nationally recognized best practices and a level of care few hospitals anywhere can match,” said stroke neurologist Michael Guido, MD, director of the Neurology Stroke Program.

“This recognition by Healthgrades reinforces our commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” added neurointerventionalist, David Fiorella, MD, PhD, director of the Stony Brook Cerebrovascular Center.   

“With so much more public awareness about stroke, our community understands now more than ever, how important it is to research where they or a loved one will receive stroke care,” said Kristie Golden, PhD, Associate Director of Operations, Stony Brook Medicine. “Being recognized by such a prestigious organization as Healthgrades, adds to the level of confidence and trust our patients and their families have in Stony Brook.”

The latest Healthgrades achievements are part of findings in Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates the importance of hospital quality to both hospital leaders and consumers.

Benefits of Being Treated for Stroke at America’s 100 Best Hospitals

From 2017 through 2019, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Hospitals for Stroke Care Award have, on average, a 39 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. And patients treated at hospitals that did not receive the award were 1.64 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that received the award.*

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of hospital quality and starting to become more diligent when researching where they receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes.”

More information about the Stony Brook Cerebrovascular and Comprehensive Stroke Center can be found here.

Additional Clinical Achievements

• Stony Brook University Hospital was  named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for 2020 by Healthgrades , the only hospital on Long Island to receive this distinction.
• Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2021
• Cardiac Care™ for the seventh consecutive year
• Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for the seventh consecutive year
• Coronary Intervention™ for the sixth consecutive year
• Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for the seventh consecutive year
• Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for the eighth consecutive year
• Five-Star recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for the seventh consecutive year
• Five-Star recipient for Valve Surgery in 2021
• Neurosciences Excellence Award™ for the sixth consecutive year
• Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for the fifth consecutive year
• Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award™ for the second consecutive year
• Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Stroke for the seventh consecutive year
• Five-Star recipient for Cranial Neurosurgery for the second consecutive year

In August, SBUH also ranked in the top 4 percent nationally in Neurology and Neurosurgery (#41 out of 1,241 hospitals) by U.S. News and World Report.

How America’s Best Hospitals Are Determined

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

The 2021 awards are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

The complete Healthgrades detailed study methodology, can be found at partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.