Penn Medicine hospitals have been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. With the newly combined results for HUP and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, we were ranked as the 7th best hospital in the United States, one of only 17 institutions named to the publication’s Honor Roll out of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. This year’s improved rankings can be largely attributed to our perfect patient safety scores (5 points out of a possible 5), which were more heavily weighted in the latest survey.
Improving patient safety at Penn Medicine is a continuous effort, said Pat Sullivan, PhD, vice president of Quality and Patient Safety, made possible through the dedicated and collaborative efforts of many faculty and staff within the Health System.
For example, one of the U.S. News patient safety indicators focuses on occurrences of post-operative bleeding or the appearance of a hematoma (pocket of blood). If something like this happens to one of our patients, “we thoroughly review the patient’s case and then work together to develop any needed specific interventions for quality improvement,” she said. “It’s very nice to be recognized for our successes by U.S. News, but patients safety and the highest quality care is our #1 goal each and every day.”
Penn Medicine’s rankings in 10 different specialties also rose, with eight areas named to the top 10 programs in the nation. Our rankings on the programs covered by U.S. News are as follows: Cancer #11, Diabetes & Endocrinology #11, ENT #3, Gastroenterology #10, Geriatrics #10, Gynecology #10, Cardiology and Heart Surgery #7, Kidney Disorders #13, Neurology & Neurosurgery #9, Orthopaedics #22, Psychiatry #12, Pulmonology #7, and Urology #8. Penn Medicine was also ranked as “high-performing” in Ophthalmology and Rheumatology.
In addition, HUP-PPMC was ranked #1 in the Philadelphia area and Pennsylvania Hospital was ranked #6 in the region. PAH was also ranked “high-performing” in the following nine adult specialties: cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; pulmonology; and urology. Chester County Hospital, the Health System’s newest member hospital, was ranked #17 in the region.
In the crowded Philadelphia health care environment, to have all four of our hospitals recognized so highly in this annual survey is a significant accomplishment.