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FH Hospital tops in orthopedics

Forest Hills Hospital recently scored the highest of all Queens hospitals in the field of orthopedic services, according to the 2008 U.S. News & World Report ranking of America’s Best Hospitals.
The score is based on criteria such as number of patients, nursing care, technology and reputation, said Brian Mulligan, hospital spokesperson.
Richard Seldes, the hospital’s chief of orthopedics, attributed Forest Hill’s high score to the fact that the institution, located on 102-01 66th Road, recently expanded its orthopedic services to include procedures such as computer-assisted navigation for knee and hip replacement.
The expansion of orthopedic care has been necessary because the hospital’s personnel has been seeing more and more orthopedic problems among baby boomers, Seldes explained.
“Many people are leading more active lives and are working well into their 70s. They’re not content with being on the sidelines because of age or injury,” Seldes said. “That’s where an orthopedic program comes into play. With minimally-invasive techniques available for many procedures, patients are recovering quicker,” he added.
Seldes said the hospital’s staff also plays a role in providing good services. “Forest Hills continues to attract top-notch, fellowship-trained surgeons, including specialists in sports medicine, hand and total joint as well as general orthopedics,” he explained.
Forest Hills Hospital, a 222-bed facility, is a member of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
For more information on Forest Hills Hospital, call 718-830-1154.

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