Awards and Recognition
Montefiore is an established leader in superior healthcare services. As such, we are consistently recognized by national publications, industry associations and organizations that rank the country’s top physicians and hospitals. Below are a few of the honors Montefiore has received for excellence in the areas of patient satisfaction, quality clinical care, outcomes, exceptional doctors and more:
U.S. News & World Report Designates the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore as One of The Nation’s Best
CHAM Leads New York State in Caring for Children with Complex Medical Needs
For the 14th year in a row, the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. In the 2021-2022 Best Children's Hospitals list, Neonatology, Pediatric Cancer and Gastroenterology & GI Surgery rank among the top 20 programs in the country, and Nephrology and Neurology & Neurosurgery are in the top 50. CHAM is also highlighted as the number three children’s hospital in New York State – a new accolade to help families find the highest quality care in the region.
“As we mark CHAM’s 20th anniversary, we couldn’t be more proud of our colleagues who heroically provide the most advanced and specialized care to children with a wide range of health challenges,” said Michael D. Cabana, MD, MPH, Physician-in-Chief at CHAM and The Michael I. Cohen, MD, University Chair, Department of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
This year, the specialty of Neonatology at CHAM ranks as number 19 in the country for the outstanding and compassionate care delivered to the most fragile newborns, enabling them to grow and thrive. Patients like 20-year-old Skye Saunders, who was born at 24 weeks and battled multiple medical issues, including brain bleeds and vision impairment. Today, she is a junior at Purchase College where she recently received an award for community service, academic accomplishments, and her ability to overcome obstacles. Skye, a mentor to children with disabilities, who is graduating from college early with a double major in journalism and history, is a testament to the CHAM neonatology team, and her family.
“The earlier babies are born, the more health?, behavioral ?and developmental problems they tend to experience,” said Deborah Campbell, MD, FAAP, chief of Neonatology, CHAM and Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Our goal is to ?partner with ?and empower our families to ?be active participants in the multidisciplinary team of experts; provid?ing the best possible care for infants ?and giving them a solid foundation for achieving lifelong health.”
In the Bronx, 1 in 10 babies is born preterm – before 37 weeks of pregnancy. The rate of preterm births is highest for Black infants (11.5%), followed by Hispanic babies (9.7%). These babies can be very small, having a low birthweight and immature organs – requiring sophisticated therapies to help them breathe and feed. Every year, the Neonatology team at CHAM successfully cares for hundreds of seriously ill newborns from the Bronx and throughout the Hudson Valley.
For the 2021-2022 Best Children's Hospitals list, U.S. News gathered data from 118 children’s hospitals in early 2020 and from pediatric physicians and other healthcare organizations in 2021. Data collection from children’s hospitals was not repeated in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Best Children's Hospitals methodology includes objective measures, such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as compliance with best practices.
Visit Best Children’s Hospitals for the full rankings.
Top Honors Earned by Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care
Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, which encompasses all divisions within Montefiore's cancer continuum, now joins an elite group of cancer programs that have earned a Three-Year Accreditation with Gold Level Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.
Montefiore also received the CoC's highest honor—the Outstanding Achievement Award—for quality care. This designation was awarded to only 6 percent of CoC-designated cancer programs across the country. These honors reflect Montefiore's outstanding clinical care and research, unparalleled social and emotional support, and outcomes for patients.
Montefiore is currently running 41 National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program trials with a goal to reduce health disparities. The 2017 CoC survey also commended Montefiore for its exceptional distress screening initiatives and education efforts tied to collecting and sharing community data. "Our focus is the patients and their support system, not just the cancer," says Shalom Kalnicki, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, Montefiore Einstein, and chair of Montefiore's CoC Cancer Committee.
He added, “We have more research underway than ever before to identify and address all aspects of the disease, including barriers that prevent people from making a full return to being productive members of society.”
Montefiore Recognized as One of Healthcare's Most Wired Hospitals
At Montefiore, we're wired for success and noted in the new 2017 Health Care's Most Wired Survey, for our adoption of technology to support clinical care and patient safety and privacy, infrastructure, business and administrative management and the continuum of care.
A leader in integrating technology into patient care, Montefiore has documented patient information using electronic health records (EHRs) for more than a decade. We are also aggressively moving forward to develop innovative technologies to ensure patient safety, more broadly to support accountable care and patient-centered medical home initiatives and harness technology to improve patient access to our healthcare providers.
Health Care's Most Wired Survey is conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks and the American Hospital Association with the assistance of several experts in the field.
Young Adults Employer Champion Award
Montefiore is proud to join Starbucks and Walgreens as one of only seven organizations nationwide to be named a Young Adult Employer Champion by The National Fund for Workforce Solutions. The National Fund promotes economic opportunities, and created this program to honor employers who provide high-quality jobs and successfully hire and retain 18- to 25-year old adults who are unemployed or underemployed.
Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign: Montefiore Achieves Prestigious Gold Star Status
Montefiore has achieved Gold Star Status as part of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Tobacco-Free Hospitals Campaign, an initiative developed to support hospitals throughout the city in implementing comprehensive quit-tobacco systems.
Montefiore is leading the way in creating wide-ranging services for its employees and patients and is setting the bar for other New York City hospitals. To achieve Gold Star status, a hospital must:
- Review campus policies and employee cessation services;
- Complete assessments of inpatient and outpatient quit-tobacco systems;
- Provide verification that the systems adhere to current clinical practice guidelines and best practices; and
- Commit to continuous quality improvement through the ongoing identification and treatment of tobacco-using employees and patients.
We are immensely proud of this achievement, which displays our leadership and commitment to the care of our staff
The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
Montefiore has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. This comprehensive evaluation measures the quality and safety standards of the hospital. The organization looks at the safety of patients, effectiveness of the treatment provided, and the environment of care. The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization, and is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more here.
Montefiore Honored Nationally for Fair and Inclusive LGBTQ Care
Montefiore’s commitment to providing equitable healthcare to LGBTQ patients and a safe, inclusive workplace environment for associates has been recognized by our designation as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Human Right’s Campaign’s Health Equality Index 2018.
We achieved leader status for the second year in a row, and received a perfect score in this year’s survey.
We recently celebrated this important achievement at the Montefiore Associate LGBTQ & Ally Social, featuring a performance by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.
Montefiore Earns Gold Star Recognition for Healthy Food Initiative
A meal in one of our cafeterias isn't your standard, stereotypical hospital fare. It's why we're proud that our Wakefield, Moses and Weiler Campuses earned a “Gold Star” recognition (the highest award possible) for our participation in the Healthy Hospital Food Initiative.
As part of the initiative—run by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene—we revamped and took a healthier approach to the food and beverages served in our cafeteria, vending machines and patient meals.
The result (other than our coveted Gold Star) is hospital food that's healthy and just plain delicious. Learn more
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Awards Montefiore’s Cardiac Surgery Program Highest Three-Star Rating
For the third year in a row, Montefiore's renowned Cardiac Surgery Program at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care was awarded the highest three-star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons , a nonprofit organization representing more than 6,000 surgeons, researchers and healthcare professionals worldwide. Montefiore was one of only two programs in New York City to receive the three-star rating from the STS, putting it in the top tier of heart surgery centers in the United States.
The STS rating was highlighted in a Consumer Reports cover story titled "The Business of Healing Hearts."
Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care Named Among Nation's Top Oncology Programs
In 2013, Becker's Hospital Review, a leading print and online source of hospital and healthcare industry news, included Montefiore on its nationwide list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. The hospitals named are on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, prevention and research, Becker's editorial team explained, with their selection based on clinical accolades, quality of care, demonstrated patient-centered care and contributions to the field of oncology.
The Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care was specifically recognized for its research partnership with Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as for multidisciplinary and team-based care delivery, centered on patients and use of nurse navigators to coordinate and guide each step of the care process.
Comprehensive Stroke Center Designation
The Stern Stroke Center at Montefiore is a comprehensive stroke center designated by the New York State Department of Health. The Center treats more than 1,200 acute stroke patients per year, making it the second most visited stroke center in New York State. Meeting the State’s strict criteria demonstrates the strength of Montefiore’s highly skilled multi-disciplinary team, as well as our commitment to the quality care of our stroke patients.