John T. Mather Memorial Hospital was again rated among the best hospitals in New York State in U.S. News & World Report’s 25th annual Best Hospitals rankings. The annual rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Mather was ranked 20th out of nearly 250 hospitals in New York State – up from 31st in last year’s rankings. The 2014-15 rankings looked at 4,743 medical centers across the country. Mather was one of only 725 hospitals that performed well enough to be nationally or regionally ranked in one or more of 16 medical specialties and was recognized as high-performing in six – diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology. Mather also was ranked above the state and national averages for patient satisfaction.


The U.S. News rankings demonstrate our continuing commitment to patient safety and excellent quality of care," said Mather Hospital President Kenneth Roberts. "This recognition is the result of the dedication and commitment of the entire Mather Family – staff, physicians, board of directors and volunteers – and their efforts to make Mather the best community hospital in New York State."

This year’s rankings include a greater emphasis on patient safety, which now accounts for 10 percent of each hospital’s overall score, in most specialties – twice as much as in past years.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. The rankings are available at

Earlier this year, Mather received The Leapfrog Group’s top "A" Hospital Safety Score for the fifth consecutive ratings period, one of only 251 hospitals in the nation and one of only two on Long Island to have achieved an "A" grade in all five score releases of the Hospital Safety Score. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit focused on initiative breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans.

Mather also has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Presently, only 7% of hospitals in the United States have earned Magnet designation.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.