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Top 10 US hospitals

Christine Cristiano hangs her hat in Ontario, Canada. She shares her world with husband, two sons and a beagle named Tessie.

Best hospitals in the US

Your local hospital may be equipped to handle general conditions and emergencies, but if you or anyone in your family is suffering from a specific disease or disorder, finding a hospital that specializes in that particular condition can mean more accurate diagnostic results and better odds of a successful treatment plan. Here is a list of the nation’s top 10 hospitals by specialty.

9. Best hospital for Rheumatology

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Website: www.hss.edu

There are over 100 different kinds of rheumatologic diseases and it is estimated that nearly 70 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis or chronic joint symptoms. Furthermore, over 20.7 million adults suffer from osteoarthritis - the most common form of arthritis.

The Hospital for Special Surgery is ranked one of the best facilities for patients living with rheumatic diseases. The hospital's rheumatology division is a leader in research and treatment of rheumatic diseases such as antiphospholipid syndrome, arthritis (childhood to adult), rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus and many other related disorders.

The rheumatology division encompasses several dedicated centers for various types of rheumatic diseases including the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Disease, the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care, the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research, and Center for Inflammatory Arthritis and Innovative Biologic Therapy. The division also offers comprehensive support programs for patients including the Myositis Education and Support Program, Rheumatoid Arthritis Programs, Infusion Therapy Unit, and Lupus Program.

The not-for profit facility has 271 full-time physicians and three part-time physicians to support the 162 patient beds.

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