Stony Brook Named Among America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care

October 24, 2023 — Stony Brook University Hospital is named a top-performing hospital for cardiac care — within the top 10% nationwide according to Healthgrades, a leading resource that evaluates approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide solely on patient outcomes. Stony Brook is one of only two hospitals in New York State to receive this award for 10 consecutive years. 

The Healthgrades rating places Stony Brook University Hospital among the top tier of hospitals nationwide for cardiac care.

Top-Rated Cardiac Care 

Stony Brook University Hospital was also recognized by Healthgrades for the following clinical achievements:

  • Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ (2015-24)
  • Five-Star Distinction for Heart Attack (2022-24)
  • Five-Star Distinction for Heart Failure (2014-24)
  • Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 10 Years in a Row (2015-24)
  • Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 10 Years in a Row (2015-24)

Commitment to Quality 

The 2024 Healthgrades analysis revealed that the variation in performance among hospitals continues to widen, making it increasingly important to seek care at top-rated programs. From 2020-2022, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award had, on average, a 33.5% lower mortality risk.

By focusing on clinical outcomes, including risk-adjusted mortality and complications, the Healthgrades ratings provide critical feedback for patients and hospitals alike. These newest rankings come on the heels of Stony Brook achieving the highest level of national recognition as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2023.

“These achievements reflect our steadfast commitment to the consistent delivery of outstanding clinical outcomes for critical services across the medical system enterprise — all for our patients, their families and the community,” said Carol A. Gomes, MS, FACHE, CPHQ, Chief Executive Officer.

Raising the Bar for Cardiac Care

"At Stony Brook Heart Institute, we are dedicated to continuously raising the bar for cardiac diagnosis and treatment so that Long Islanders benefit," says Hal Skopicki, MD, PhD, Co-Director, Heart Institute, Chief, Cardiology and Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Chair, Cardiology, Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University. "We are pleased to be consistently recognized on a national and regional basis for what matters most — delivering excellence in outcomes and quality of life to our patients with heart disease."

Stony Brook University Hospital was also recognized by the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the past five years. The Heart Institute continuously makes strides to bring more advanced cardiac diagnosis and treatment to Long Island patients, including the expansion of its Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) and Electrophysiology (EP) Advanced Multifunctional Laboratory. The Heart Institute also added the Center for Advanced Lipid (Cholesterol) Management, the first of its kind in Suffolk County.