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NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst Receives Healthgrades Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award

For the second straight year, the hospital's Neurosurgery Department is recognized for excellent patient outcomes

Jan 11, 2019

Elmhurst, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst has received Healthgrades’ Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award, the hospital announced today. This is the second year in a row that the hospital’s Department of Neurosurgery has been recognized by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“Being awarded the Healthgrades Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award for two years straight – 2018 and now 2019 – is a great honor,” said Dr. Zachary L. Hickman, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s Director of Neurosurgery. “It’s a testament to the focus on patient-centered care, along with diligence, attention to detail, and the hard work necessary to ensure that all our patients are well taken care of. It’s truly a team award and wouldn’t be possible without the help of all our allied departments and staff in the hospital, including those in Anesthesia, the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, the Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Rehabilitation, and of course, our nurses, physical therapists, social workers, and case managers.”

“We are extremely proud of our Neurosurgery team and the life-saving care they provide to our patients on a daily basis,” said Israel Rocha, Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst and Vice President of NYC Health + Hospitals. “We look forward to supporting continued advancements in our Neurosurgery program and to providing compassionate, patient-centered care to everyone in our community, regardless of their financial circumstances or ability to pay.”

“I would like to congratulate Elmhurst Hospital for receiving its second consecutive Healthgrades Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award,” said New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. “Elmhurst Hospital plays a significant role in providing patient-centered care and has improved the services they deliver every year, as the reward depicts. I want to thank the hard-working leadership and staff at Elmhurst for their dedicated service to our community.”

“Congratulations to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst on receiving Healthgrades’ Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award,” said NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Elmhurst, Jackson Heights). “I am thrilled that the Hospital’s Neurosurgery team has been recognized for the life-sustaining services they provide to Queens residents. NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst stands out as a leader in our borough’s medical community, and I will continue to support it in every way possible.”

The Department of Neurosurgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst provides a wide spectrum of neurosurgical care, including the acute treatment of head and spine trauma and neurological emergencies, cerebrovascular disorders, brain tumors, and degenerative spine disease. To make a referral or schedule an appointment, please call the Department of Neurosurgery at 718-334-2772 (Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm) or email torresan@nychhc.org.

The Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award is based on Healthgrades’ formula that weighs both the average of in-hospital and post-hospital mortality drawn from MedPAR.