10 things to know about Hospital for Special Surgery for 2020

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In July, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2019-2020 survey ranked New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery as the No. 1 hospital in the country for orthopedics, for the 10th consecutive year.

Here are 10 things to know about HSS:

1. Founded in 1863, HSS is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the U.S. and performs more than 32,000 surgeries annually, according to its website. The hospital features more than 150 physicians in its department of orthopedics and has 17 orthopedic locations across New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Colorado and Florida.

2. HSS hired David Altchek, MD, to lead the medical team at its new campus in West Pam Beach, Fla., which opened in late January. The hospital has almost 1,000 appointments scheduled, according to HSS President Louis Shapiro.

3. In October, the hospital appointed Harvinder Sandhu, MD, and Andrew Sama, MD, as the new co-chiefs of HSS Spine. The pair succeeded Frank Schwab, MD, who transitioned to a chief emeritus role and continues to practice at the hospital.

4. HSS Sports Medicine Institute expanded to Manhattan's west side in August. The 66,000-square-foot facility features exam rooms, diagnostic imaging, outpatient ORs as well as a fully-equipped sports performance and rehabilitation center.

5. The hospital awarded the former chief of its foot and ankle department, Jonathan Deland, MD, its lifetime achievement award last year. Dr. Deland is a foot and ankle surgeon at HSS, as well as the Susan W. Rose and Jonathan T. Deland Chair for Research in Foot and Ankle Surgery.

6. An HSS study is exploring how "prehabilitation" programs can empower patients undergoing knee replacements and lead to improved outcomes. The study is based on social cognitive theory, which suggests "self-efficacy, peer or social support, sociocultural factors and expectations influence goals and outcomes."

7. Last year, HSS created an Office of Medical Leadership under the tutelage of surgeon-in-chief and medical director, Bryan Kelly, MD. The aim is to uphold standards in patient care, teaching, research and innovation as well as compliance and quality control measures being met.

8. HSS appointed Steve Lee, MD, chief of hand and upper extremity service and Ernest Sink, MD, chief of hip preservation service on Nov. 1. In the new roles, Drs. Lee and Sink are responsible for leading the programs and overseeing the treatment of simple and complex conditions.

9. HSS expanded its global care network through a collaboration with a Colombian hospital that opened in January. The hospital's orthopedic department is affiliating with HSS, which will provide clinical services and facility design recommendations to improve OR efficiency.

10. In October, HSS received a $3 million grant from The Starr Foundation to create the C.V. Starr Endowed Chair in Pain Management. The hospital is using the grant to advance pain management research, program development and physician education.

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