SUNY Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn Achieves Top Honors as One of Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award Recipients

Nov 5, 2014

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s University Hospital of Brooklyn has achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The recognition distinguishes University Hospital of Brooklyn as a top performing hospital in women’s health.

Hospitals receiving this distinction excelled in providing care for women across a spectrum of specialties among all other hospitals in the nation, as measured by in-hospital complication and mortality rates for 15 of the most common hospital-based conditions and procedures.

Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn is one of only 178 hospitals recognized nationally; was one of only five hospitals in New York State to achieve this distinction; and was the only hospital in Brooklyn. Hospitals were rated for their outcomes for care provided to women for common conditions and procedures treated in the hospital.

“I am delighted that University Hospital of Brooklyn has been shown to excel in women’s health,” said John F. Williams, Jr., MD, EdD, MPH, FCCM, president of SUNY Downstate. “Downstate is committed to providing superior care to the diverse communities we serve in Brooklyn, and meeting the special needs of women is a key part of that mission.”

“Women tend to fare worse than men in the treatment of significant medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, so it is important for women to understand their risks and select a hospital accordingly,” explains Evan Marks, executive vice president of Healthgrades. “The Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach to delivering superior quality care for women.”

Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals have the potential to save women's lives. Compared to hospitals that performed in the bottom 10 percent from 2010 through 2012, Healthgrades Women's Health Excellence Award recipients as a group had a 55 percent lower mortality rate across eight conditions and procedures and a 21 percent lower complication rate across seven conditions and procedures.

If all hospitals nationwide performed at the level of the Healthgrades Women's Health Excellence Award hospitals, 22,737 women's lives could have potentially been saved and 30,577 women could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications.

To see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2014, including full methodology, please visit


About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.