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Meet Lawrence C. Hurst, MD A S THE PROFE SSOR and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, Chief of Hand Surgery, and Director of the Hand Fellowship Training Program at Stony Brook University Hospital, Lawrence C. Hurst, MD, wears many hats. He is also the President and Director of Hand Surgery Resource, LLC, a nonprofit company that provides free information about diseases, disorders and injuries that impact the hand. The content provided by Hand Surgery Resource is avail- able through the Hand Surgery Primer website, newsletter and YouTube channel. Dr. Hurst also discovered and created an injectable type of the enzyme col- lagenase. This treatment is designed to manage a debilitating disease known as Dupuytren's contracture, which is caused by the progressive accumulation of collagen responsible for finger and hand deformities. "I am inspired daily by the chance to make a living while helping others, teach- ing others, leading others and doing research on potential new therapeutics," Dr. Hurst says. "My goal above all is to provide good care and to enable other providers to do the same." specialists, physician assistants, orthopedic residents, a rheumatologist, sports medicine specialists and a spine surgeon. Together, they address conditions affecting all parts of the musculoskeletal system, including: + Hand surgeon — Arthritis of the thumb, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow + Orthopedic specialists — Injuries to the upper extremities and lower spine + Pain management and spine team — Back and neck pain, disc disease, spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors + Podiatrist — Foot complications + Rheumatologist — Osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis Additionally, the rheumatologist may manage more systemic complications caused by rheumatologic disorders, which may affect the heart or the lungs as well as the musculoskeletal system. And because the Center for Musculoskeletal Health team is completely integrated with the group at Stony Brook University Hospital, orthopedic specialists may refer patients there if specialized care is required that is beyond the scope of what the center on the East End offers. "We are trying to provide what patients need on an everyday basis that they could not usually get until now," Dr. Hurst says. "We know that patient satisfaction is a product of good care, and we are committed to providing top-notch care locally and efficiently. Anything that we cannot provide can be offered at the Center." n For more information, visit An Acknowledgement of Excellence U.S. NEWS & World Report has recognized Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) as a Best Hospital for 2020-21 in Orthopedics. The honor indicates SBHU's dedication to delivering high-quality clinical care. The ranking is decided according to the follow- ing factors: + Outcome measures (37.5%) — Including 30-day, risk-adjusted patient survival rates that are determined according to Medicare data in addition to a risk-adjusted rate at which patients are dis- charged to return home rather than to a long-term acute-care hospital, skilled nursing facility or to another hospital + Patient experience measures (5%) — Including the mean score on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient satisfaction survey + Process measures (27.5%) — Including physician ratings about which hospitals provide superior care to patients in multiple specialties + Structural measures (30%) — Including the usage of advanced technology, as well as number of patients, nurse staffing, patient services, the presence of Trauma Centers and the number of intensiv- ists on staff U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers to determine which facilities ranked in the top tier. They looked at 16 special- ties and 10 procedures and conditions. Only 134 hospitals in the United States had high enough scores to be ranked nationally in at least one specialty. Additionally, SBUH has been named as one of America's Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for the last two years, making the facility the only one on Long Island to be awarded the honor for two years in a row. M D N E W S . C O M /// M D N E W S L O N G I S L A N D ■ 2 0 21 1 9 SPECIAL CLINICAL SECTION: ORTHOPEDICS

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