News Release
July 15, 2014

Penn Medicine Hospitals Named Among Top Ten in the Nation and #1 in Philadelphia By U.S. News & World Report

PHILADELPHIA — Penn Medicine hospitals have been ranked among the top ten hospitals in the nation, and once again named #1 in the Philadelphia area by U.S. News & World Report. With the newly combined results for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Penn Medicine is ranked as the 7th best hospital in the United States in the 2014-2015 annual “Best Hospitals” survey by U.S. News.

Out of nearly 5,000 hospitals analyzed nationwide, Penn Medicine is among only 17 institutions named to the publication’s Honor Roll, a distinction that “signals both rare breadth and rare depth of medical excellence,” according to the magazine’s editors.

Penn Medicine hospitals are the only ones in the Philadelphia region to make the 2014-2015 Honor Roll.

In addition to Penn Medicine hospitals being ranked #1 in the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania Hospital was ranked #6 and Chester County Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s newest member hospital, was ranked #17 in the region.

Penn Medicine’s rankings in 10 different specialties also rose, with eight areas named to the top 10 programs in the nation, including Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT), Geriatrics, Gynecology, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology.

As best practices and benchmarking data for health care evolve, U.S. News makes changes in the methodology used to rank hospitals’ clinical specialties. This year, for instance, the weight assigned to reputational score within each specialty area was reduced, while weight for each hospital’s patient safety score was increased. Penn Medicine’s improved ranking can be largely attributed to the perfect patient safety scores (5 points out of a possible 5) it received.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognize hospitals for their exceptional performance, based on outstanding quality, expertise, technology, and experience.

Complete rankings as well as the U.S. News & World Report methodology can be found at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.

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