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U.S. News & World Report Names NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst a “Best Regional Hospital for Equitable Access”

Jun 24, 2024

NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst announced today that it has been named by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Regional Hospital for Equitable Access” for its success as a high performing hospital providing excellent care to patients in underserved communities. NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is one of only 53 hospitals in the country recognized for this honor and the only one in New York State. NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst met a number of qualifications to make the U.S. News list, including having 40% or more of its patients from a community of greater socioeconomic deprivation, serving 20% or more racial/ethnic minorities, and serving 20% or more Medicaid patients. In order to help meet the needs of this patient population, the hospital collaborates with community organizations through partnerships that connect healthcare with essential systems such as legal aid, foster care, public housing, shelter, and food assistance. Elmhurst Hospital also screens patients using a variety of tools, including information and data gathered through patient visits, social work counseling sessions, and a web-based platform tracking social determinants of health, to help identify and better address their needs.

“From a world-class trauma center to partnerships with local organizations, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst works around-the-clock to provide New Yorkers with the highest quality of care,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “This recognition testifies to the extraordinary doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who power our public hospitals as well as the crucial focus on equity and justice they bring to their work every day. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.”

“We are so happy and excited to be the only hospital in New York State and one of a handful of facilities nationwide to have been named by U.S. News and World Report as a ‘Best Regional Hospital for Equitable Access,” said Dr. Helen Arteaga-Landaverde, CEO of NYC Health+ Hospitals/Elmhurst. “This amazing acknowledgement speaks to the high level of commitment and dedication our health care team members have to delivering quality healthcare while continuously working to eliminate healthcare disparities. We are humbled by this recognition and remain deeply invested in our mission to prioritize the health and well-being of every individual in our community.”

“NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is honored to receive recognition as one of the ‘Best Regional Hospitals for Equitable Access’ by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Thaina Pierre, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst’s Chief Health Equity and Patient Safety Officer. “Our dedication to serving underserved communities is reflected in our diverse patient population, with over 54% preferring languages other than English. From addressing opioid dependence and mental health to providing crucial prenatal and routine health care, we are committed to delivering comprehensive healthcare to all, regardless of socioeconomic background or language barriers.”

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Contact: Atiya Butler, Director of External Affairs and Marketing, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, 917-319-5167


About NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, part of the NYC Health + Hospitals health care system, is the major tertiary care provider in the borough of Queens. The 545-bed hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, an Emergency Heart Care Station, a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Receiving Center, a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Center of Excellence and a 911-Receiving Hospital. It is a premiere health care organization for several specialties, including surgery, cardiology, women’s health, pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine, renal services, and mental health services. Last year, the hospital received close to 700,000 ambulatory care visits and over 130,000 emergency room visits. Elmhurst has been named as a “Best Regional Hospital” and nationally-ranked by US News and World Report in key areas, including Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Stroke, Hip Fracture, Kidney Failure, Orthopedics, Pneumonia, and COPD. Stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ElmhurstHosp.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation, serving more than a million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the city’s five boroughs. A robust network of outpatient, neighborhood-based primary and specialty care centers anchors care coordination with the system’s trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency, and MetroPlus health plan—all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.