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Friday, July 14, 2006
Volume 17, No. 14
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UPMC ranked among America’s best hospitals

U.S. News bannerU.S. News & World Report recognizes excellence of UPMC’s clinical programs

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is one of only 14 hospitals nationwide and the only hospital in Pennsylvania to earn “Honor Roll” status in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2006 “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. In addition to earning Honor Roll status, UPMC is highly ranked in 14 of the 16 medical specialties categorized.

Where we rank by specialty in 2006
According to U.S. News & World Report, UPMC ranks in the top 50 in 14 of 16 specialty areas. UPMC is the only Pittsburgh hospital to rank in any specialty.
Ear, nose, and throat
Pediatrics —Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Psychiatry —Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Digestive disorders
Gynecology —Magee-Womens Hospital
Kidney disease
Respiratory disorders
Neurology and neurosurgery
Heart and Heart Surgery

Out of 5,189 eligible hospitals in the nation, one quarter of 1 percent, or 14 hospitals, made the Honor Roll, and only 3 percent, or 176 hospitals, ranked in one or more of the 16 specialty areas. Hospitals earned Honor Roll status by listing at or near the top in at least six specialties — “a demonstration of broad expertise,” according to the magazine. This is the seventh time that UPMC has made the Honor Roll.

“UPMC’s ranking in ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ is evidence of the increasing nationwide recognition for the dedication, passion, and never-ending commitment of some of the world’s finest physicians, nurses, researchers, and other health care professionals,” says Elizabeth Concordia, UPMC senior vice president, Academic and Community Hospitals, and president, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.

In the survey, UPMC ranks among the top hospitals in 14 of the 16 specialty categories (see chart for list of specialty rankings for UPMC’s clinical programs).

The 2006 America’s Best Hospitals rankings will be published in the July 17 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, which hit newsstands July 10. Rankings also appear on www.usnews.com.

The mission of America’s Best Hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report, is to “identify centers that take on and excel at tough procedures and conditions. That is why most of the institutions ranked are referral centers, where the sickest patients are sent for advanced care. Such hospitals follow — and often pioneer — new treatment guidelines. They conduct bench-to-bedside research. And they exploit the latestadvances in imaging, surgical devices, and other technologies.”

In addition to UPMC, other hospitals earning one of the 14 Honor Roll spots include such institutions as Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mayo Clinic, and Massachusetts General Hospital.               

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