Hospital of UPenn among nation’s best, magazine says

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania once again made the “honor roll” in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the nation’s top medical centers. That placed the hospital, known locally simply as HUP, among an elite groups of 14 top institutions out of the nearly 5,000 rated by the magazine.

HUP ranked in the top 20 in 15 of the 16 areas of care rated by the magazine Here is where the hospital fell: Cancer, 14; Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders, 12; Gastroenterology, 7; Gynecology 16; Ear, Nose, and Throat, 7; Geriatric Care, 16; Gynecology, 16; Heart and Heart Surgery, 10; Kidney Disorders, 11; Neurology and Neurosurgery, 15; Orthopedics, 14; Pulmonology, 10; Urology, 14; Ophthalmology, 16; Psychiatry, 14.

“We are pleased that, once again, the outstanding quality of care we deliver to our patients each and every day is recognized so publicly with this designation as one of the Best Hospitals in America,” said Garry Scheib, chief operating officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Other area institutions also made the top 20 lists in several categories including: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital which ranked 13th in orthopedics and 12th in rehabilitation; Wills Eye Hospital ranked third in ophthalmology; and Moss Rehab, part of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network ranked tenth in rehabilitation. And still others made the U.S. News rankings but fell below the top 20.

Here is the full list of the magazine’s categories with a link to each:
Cancer, Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders, Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Heart & Heart Surgery, Kidney Disorders, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Rehabilitation, Rheumatology, Urology.

Earlier this year Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia made the honor roll of pediatric hospitals in a separate issue of the magazine. Also Penn’s medical school was ranked second by the magazine.

While such rankings bring attention to the institutions, the magazine’s system has been criticized by others for relying on the reputations as judged by surveys instead of more objective criteria of quality and safety.

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