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July 17, 2003

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Again Cited as "Honor Roll" Hospital in U.S.News & World Report

(Philadelphia, 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.


PENN Medicine 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 system).

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.




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