Which hospitals are best?
In Tuesday's U.S. News & World Report rankings, which rely on a combination of data on death rates and other performance measures along with reputations based on physician surveys for various specialties, there were few surprises:
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Hospital (counted together) came out No. 9 in the nation overall, with 13 specialties ranked, including cardiology and heart surgery, which were No. 8 nationally. Penn came in at No. 7 in the 2014 national rankings.
Wills Eye was No. 2 in ophthalmology in the United States.
That helped its affiliated Thomas Jefferson University Hospital reach fourth place in the Pennsylvania state rankings. Also in the top 10 statewide: Penn (first), Lankenau (sixth, with one ranked specialty, diabetes and endocinology) Bryn Mawr Hospital (ninth, with zero ranked specialties but four that were "high performing") and Hahnemann University Hospital (10th, and the same).
Fox Chase Cancer Center and MossRehab made the state's specialty rankings.
No hospitals in Burlington, Camden, or Gloucester Counties made any level of that state's rankings.
Pediatric hospital ratings were released last month: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was No. 2 nationally, and tops in the state.
Full lists are at usnews.com/besthospitals.