| July 17, 2003
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Again Cited as "Honor Roll" Hospital in U.S.News & World
PA) - For the seventh consecutive year, the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) has been
listed in the "Honor Roll" of hospitals by U.S.News
& World Report, as featured in its July 28th issue.
The publication's annual ranking of hospitals in America
lists HUP as one of only 17 hospitals in the nation
- and the only one in the Delaware Valley region - to
be recognized as an "Honor Roll" hospital for its exceptional
performance in many specialty areas.
In total, HUP's expertise was noted in 14 of 17 medical
specialties: Cancer; Digestive Disorders; Ear, Nose
& Throat; Eyes; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Heart & Heart
Surgery; Hormonal Disorders; Kidney Disease; Neurology
& Neurosurgery; Psychiatry; Rheumatology; Respiratory
Disorders; and Urology. No other Philadelphia-regional
hospital was cited in as many specialties.
"While the survey highlights some specialties, our
presence on the Honor Roll reflects the continuum of
patient care provided through the hard work of HUP physicians,
nurses, technologists, and staff," noted Garry Scheib,
Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations for the
University of Pennsylvania Health System and Executive
Director of HUP. "As the teaching hospital of Penn's
School of Medicine, we attract extraordinary clinicians,
scientists, and students. Groundbreaking research by
Penn physician-scientists translates directly into advanced
medical care for area residents."
Since 1990, U.S. News has published the annual
special issue, which provides a ranking of hospital
quality of care on a nationwide basis. It is meant to
help consumers make informed decisions when looking
for hospital care.
The survey evaluated approximately 6,000 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
17 specialties included in the survey. To be on the
Honor Roll, hospitals must be ranked highly in at least
six of the 17 specialties.
This year's rankings represent the fourteenth consecutive
year that HUP has appeared in the U.S. News & World
Report's annual guide to "America's Best Hospitals."
The complete guide appears in the July 28th edition,
which will appear on newsstands on July 21st. Rankings
are also available online at www.usnews.com.
is a $2.2 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
#2 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 medicine.
Penn Health System consists of four hospitals (including
its flagship Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
consistently rated one of the nation's "Honor Roll"
hospitals by U.S. News & World Report), a faculty practice
plan, a primary-care provider network, three multispecialty
satellite facilities, and home health care and hospice.