Saratoga Hospital has been named one of “The World’s Best Hospitals 2021” by Newsweek—a distinction earned by just six hospitals in the state.
Other “World’s Best” facilities in New York are The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York-Presbyterian, and NYU Langone Hospitals, all in New York City; North Shore University Hospital on Long Island and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Saratoga Hospital is the only Capital Region facility and the only community hospital in the state to make the list. With 171 beds, the hospital also is the smallest of the New York facilities counted among the list.
“We are in great company, and it’s all because of our amazing team,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO. “Regardless of their role or department, our team members put patient care and satisfaction above all else. That’s what it means to be part of Saratoga Hospital, and the results are obvious—in the excellent care we provide, our investments in technology, and our emphasis on kindness and customer service with our patients, visitors and each other.”
The Newsweek ranking lists the best hospitals in 25 countries based on three data sources: recommendations from medical experts, results from patient surveys and medical key performance indicators for hospitals.
According to Newsweek, those that merit the World’s Best designation “stand out for their consistent excellence, including distinguished physicians, top-notch nursing care and state-of-the-art technology.”
For Saratoga Hospital’s Dr. Richard Falivena, one of the most significant benefits of the high ranking is that it will help the hospital continue to attract exceptional talent and, as a result, continue to provide excellent care.
“When highly respected medical experts recommend a hospital, physicians want to work there and be part of an extraordinary team,” said Falivena, vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer at Saratoga Hospital. “We already had a great reputation in the medical community, and the World’s Best designation really puts us on the map.”
Newsweek publishes the World’s Best list in part to help readers “feel confident as you make a critical choice about medical care.” The list can be especially helpful for those who get hurt or sick while traveling or vacationing.
“For our summer visitors, it’s reassuring to know that if you need medical care while you’re in Saratoga, we have a ‘best’ hospital,” said Michael Toohey, chairperson, Saratoga Hospital board of trustees. “It’s even better news for those of us who live here year-round.”
The designation is the latest honor for a hospital that staff members sometimes affectionately refer to as “small but mighty” and “the little engine that could.”
Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to be awarded Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence and has maintained Magnet status since 2004. The hospital also is a U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Hospital for 2020-2021.
Last year, Saratoga Hospital received international attention for its research and success in demonstrating that community hospitals could use pooled testing for COVID-19 to save time, preserve scarce resources and improve safety for patients and staff.
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