July 11 , 2008

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Ranked in Top 10 of “Honor Roll” in U.S.News & World Report Best Hospitals Survey

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 23rd issue. The publication’s prestigious annual ranking of hospitals places HUP in the top 10 of the approximately 5,400 facilities surveyed. HUP was one of only 19 hospitals honored with the “Honor Roll” recognition for excellence in multiple specialties.

“We are proud of this recognition of excellence in patient care provided at HUP,” said Garry Scheib, Executive Director of HUP and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). “It is an extraordinary honor to be recognized as one of the best hospitals in the nation. Each of our dedicated physicians, nurses, and staff at HUP contributed to this achievement.”
The survey also breaks out the top hospitals in the nation according to 16 specialties. HUP ranked in the top 20 in 11 specialty categories. Among HUP’s top-ranking categories are Cancer; Heart & Heart Surgery; Endocrinology; Digestive Disorders; Ear, Nose & Throat; and Kidney Disease. In addition, five specialty areas at HUP entered the top 10 in their rankings this year. 

“We are especially pleased to note that fourteen specialties at HUP improved in their rankings over last year,” said Ralph W. Muller, Chief Executive Officer of UPHS. “This achievement highlights the success of our commitment to quality of care. Together with our focus on biomedical research and medical education, this ongoing commitment enables our hospital to continue to grow and excel as one of the nation’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 based on factors such as mortality rate, technology, nurse staffing, factors related to the individual specialties, and reputation among a group of randomly selected, board-certified physicians. This year, only 170 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 23rd edition, which will appear on newsstands on July 14th. Rankings are also available online at health.usnews.com/besthospitals.


PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in 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.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #4 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. 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.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals — its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice


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