July 13, 2007

CONTACT: Marc Kaplan
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U.S.News & World Report Selects the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for “Honor Roll” Status in Its Annual “Best Hospitals” Survey
HUP Is Only “Honor Roll” Hospital in Philadelphia Region

(PHILADELPHIA) — The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) has been selected for the “Honor Roll” of best hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report, as featured in its July 25th issue. The publication’s prestigious annual ranking of hospitals places HUP as one of only 18 hospitals chosen from the approximately 5,400 facilities surveyed.
 
“Recognition by U.S.News & World Report confirms the extraordinary commitment and superior level of performance by our dedicated teams of physicians, nurses, technologists, and staff at HUP,” said Garry Scheib, Executive Director of HUP and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). “There are many great hospitals in the United States, and being selected as one of the best is an honor to be shared by everyone who works at HUP.”

The survey also breaks out the top 50 hospitals in the nation according to each specialty. HUP ranked in the top 20 in 10 specialty categories, including Endocrinology; Digestive Disorders; Ear, Nose & Throat; and Kidney Disease. In addition, HUP improved or retained its ranking in 7 of 16 specialty categories. 

“It is especially gratifying to note that the survey identifies HUP as best in the Philadelphia region in 11 specialty areas,” said Ralph W. Muller, Chief Executive Officer of UPHS. “We are pleased that this award recognizes our institution-wide commitment to the highest standards in patient care, as well as to biomedical research and medical education. Our hospital’s ability to focus on excellence while integrating these three goals into our daily operations helps makes us one of America’s best.”
 
Since 1990, U.S.News & World Report has published this annual special issue, which provides a ranking of hospital quality of care on a nationwide basis and is meant to help consumers make informed decisions when looking for hospital care. The survey evaluates hospitals around the country based on their reputation among a group of randomly selected, board-certified physicians. The survey also considered such factors as mortality rate and factored in measures specific to each of the specialties included in the survey; this year, only 173 hospitals scored high enough to rank in even a single specialty. To be on the “Honor Roll,” hospitals must be ranked very highly in at least six of the 16 specialties.

The complete guide appears in the July 25th edition, which will be on newsstands July 16. Rankings are also available online at health.usnews.com/besthospitals.

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This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/jul07/best-hospitals.html