Stony Brook University Hospital (Courtesy photo)

Stony Brook University Hospital has been ranked as one of “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” in 2023 by the healthcare industry information website Healthgrades.

The award signifies that the hospital is rated by the website as in the top 1% in the United States. Healthgrades’ ratings are based on evaluated patient mortality and complication rates for 31 of the most common conditions and procedures at nearly 4,500 hospitals across the country, according to a Stony Brook University press release. The website also uses data from patient surveys and patient outcomes. Stony Brook/Southampton Hospital shares in the award.

“I’m delighted with this significant accomplishment, which places us among the top one percent of hospitals in the country,” Dr. Hal Paz, the chief executive officer of Stony Brook University Medicine, said in a press release. “It reflects the ongoing efforts of everyone across our hospital to continuously deliver outstanding clinical outcomes and an unwavering dedication to our patients.”

The hospital previously received the top 250 award from 2015-2018 and the top 100 award from 2019-2022. This is the first year it has received the top 50 award.

The hospital also received the America’s 50 Best Cardiac Surgery award; America’s 100 Best Cardiac Care award; America’s 100 Best Stroke Care award; Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award; Neurosciences Excellence Award; and the State Ranking Awards for neurosciences and stroke care. The hospital also received a 5-star rating for hysterectomy procedures. 

“We’re proud to recognize Stony Brook University Hospital as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2023,” Dr. Brad Bowman, the chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades, said in a press release. “As one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals, SBUH consistently delivers better-than-expected outcomes for the patients in their community and is setting a high national standard for clinical excellence.”

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: