About the university: St. Charles Hospital is a 243-bed, acute care community hospital located in Port Jefferson, NY. St. Charles is a proud member of Catholic Health Services of LI, the healing ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and has served the residents of the Three Village area for more than 109 years. The non-profit hospital features three centers of excellence: Maternal/Child services, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. St. Charles also offers services in general surgery, colon/rectal surgery, bariatric surgery, neurosurgery, ENT, pediatrics, diagnostic imaging, emergency medicine, epilepsy, stroke care, Female Pelvic Floor Disorders Center, and a nationally accredited Sleep Disorders Center. Statistics: The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing. Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties and regionally in states and major metro areas. U.S. News assigns a rating to hospitals in a handful of common procedures and conditions, including hip replacement and COPD. This hospital achieved the highest rating possible in 1 procedure or condition. Read more about how we rank best hospitals. Research, Development and Innovation: St. Charles Hospital places a high priority on reaching out and giving back to the community. We are committed to improving the health of our community through hospital-sponsored classes and community lectures with the support and collaboration of our medical staff. St. Charles serves as the premier research facility in Central and Eastern Oregon. The St. Charles Research Department conducts clinical trials for promising new treatments and therapies in a wide variety of medical fields, including cancer treatment and prevention, cardiovascular disease and supportive care. What is a clinical trial?: Clinical trials are scientific studies in which new treatments — drugs, diagnostic procedures and other therapies- are tested in patients to determine if they are safe and effective. Nearly all drugs in use today were tested and made available to patients through clinical trials. Why are clinical trials important? In general, clinical trials are the only way for patients to be treated with new and potentially breakthrough therapies. In addition, participation gives you the opportunity to contribute to the body of medical knowledge that will benefit future generations, just as patients in past trials have helped you and others today. What is the clinical trial process? Before agreeing to participate in a clinical trial, youll receive full and complete information about the trial -its purpose, potential risks and benefits. Youll be assessed and then invited to participate or excluded from participation depending on various factors. Even if you choose to join a clinical trial, you have the right to withdraw at any time. If a new treatment is found not to be better than current treatment, the trial is discontinued. What about my safety and costs? All clinical trials must meet rigorous federal guidelines to protect patients. Most clinical trials cost the same as standard care. If there are extra costs, the research sponsor will usually cover them.