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The hospital was recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for nephrology and No. 44 in the US

STATEN ISLAND, NY Staten Island University Hospital was nationally recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals in the United States for exceptional outcomes in nephrology, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings.

The high performing ranking (44th) is calculated by the hospital’s exceptional clinical outcomes and was rated against more than 1,600 institutions in the US.

SIUH was also ranked 22nd in the metro area and the state.

The nephrology program’s recognition is based on its focus to prevent and delay the need to start dialysis for patients with chronic kidney disease, which includes a multidisciplinary team aimed at nutritional guidance, social services, and diabetes management; coupled with the support of interventional radiology and vascular surgery.

SIUH’s nephrology department’s acute inpatient service provides over 4,500 treatments per year, such as hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, continuous veno-venous hemofiltration, and continuous veno-venous hemodialysis.

“This recognition is the result of metric-driven initiatives to increase patient outcomes and the overall experience of the care delivered,” said Suzanne El-Sayegh, MD, associate chair of medicine at SIUH. “In a borough that has some of the highest rates of diabetes, obesity and heart disease, these all correlate with kidney health. Our commitment to caring for the patients in our community is always our guiding measure,” she added.

The program’s major focus has been on the growth of its home dialysis program and discharge planning to minimize hospital stays, as well as the promotion of preemptive transplant and overall transplant success in coordination with major transplant centers.

In addition to SIUH, four other Northwell Health hospitals Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens and Huntington Hospital also achieved top-50 national rankings from US News in a combined 22 medical specialties. In a separate survey released by U.S. News in June on the nation’s best children’s hospitals, Northwell’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center received national rankings in nine pediatric specialties.