Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Earns
“Hospital of Choice” Award
PA) – The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
is one of only a few dozen in the nation to earn the “Hospital of
Choice” Award for 2005 by The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers
(AAHCP). The “Hospital of Choice” Awards were designed by
the AAHCP to recognize hospitals that go beyond their walls in pursuit
of excellence and quality care – hospitals that have developed a
collaborative relationship with physicians and healthcare organizations
in the community.
"We are pleased that the Alliance has recognized the clinical excellence
and community commitment of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,"
said Al Black, Chief Operating Officer at HUP. “We
are proud of the high quality care that is provided by our dedicated doctors,
nurses, and staff to the Philadelphia community and beyond.”
Founded in 1874 as the nation’s first teaching hospital, HUP is
the flagship hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System
– which also owns and operates Pennsylvania Hospital and Presbyterian
Medical Center (both located in Philadelphia, PA). HUP is consistently
honored for quality patient care, on both a local and national level.
Among its many honors is U.S.News & World Report’s
“Best Hospitals in America” ranking, where the institution
has placed among the elite ‘Honor Roll’ recipients for eight
America's Choice Hospitals for 2005 were rated on the Alliance’s
10-point criteria in Professional Ethics, Standards of Conduct, Patient's
Rights, Performance Management, Staff Development, and Communication Systems.
Many of these hospitals, including HUP, also appeared on the U.S.News
& World Report’s Honor Roll of American Hospitals and were
recognized for their comprehensive excellence in many specialty areas.
“The hospitals selected for this honor must display a remarkable
affinity toward quality care, customer satisfaction and community service,”
explains AAHCP President R. Vincent Parr. “In short, we recognize
hospitals that care about all their customers.”
The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers is a private stock corporation
headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. AAHCP was founded in 1992 as the
Eagle Club in Richmond, Virginia, with a group of 32 practitioners and
healthcare managers. The Association was established to find practical,
effective, and efficient ways to improve patient care in the American
healthcare system by building systems of improvement that will help identify,
measure, and monitor key indicators necessary for quality healthcare.
PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise dedicated
to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and
high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s
first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System
(created in 1993 as the nation’s first integrated academic health
Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #3 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News &
World Report’s most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School
of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training
of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic
Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital, the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s
“Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian Medical Center; a
faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.