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Penn Medicine Hospitals Named Among Top Ten in the Nation and #1 in Philadelphia By U.S. News & World Report

Best-hospitalsPenn 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.

PPMC Pharmacy Director Named 2014 Pharmacist of the Year

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Nishaminy Kasbekar, PharmD, corporate director of pharmacy services at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, has been named Pharmacist of the Year 2014 by the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists (PSHP). The highest honor bestowed...Full story

Summer Spotlight on Skincare

Throughout the summer, thePresby Bulletinwill be giving you the lowdown on what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s rays in these hot summer months. Fact or Fiction: Apply sunscreen before you go ...Full story

It’s Not Too Late! Register Today for the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride

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Don’t forget to register for the Bike MS City to Shore Ride, in which Team UPHS/PENN, will with your help, be the largest team! We’re counting on new and veteran cyclists to keep the momentum going strong and join the team this September 27...Full story

S.A.F.E. - Security Awareness For Employees

PPMC employees are reminded to use available services and common sense when travelling especially during evening and late night hours. PENN WALKING ESCORT (898-WALK) Walking escorts are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, between 4...Full story

February Presby STARS

Congratulations to the February 2014 Presby STAR winners, who each received $100 and a certificate recognizing their Presby STAR efforts. Kathryn Grasing – 4 East Nathan Jennato –Wound Care Beth Costa – 4 East Joy Cantuba – MICU Carly ...Full story

S.A.F.E. - Security Awareness For Employees

PPMC employees are reminded that the following precautions should be adopted by all staff assigned tothe campus. Please follow the below tips and use common sense when travelling especially during evening and late night hours. Avoid walk...Full story

PPMC Celebrates National Nurses Week

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Last month, PPMC and the American Nurses Association took part in celebrating National Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Th e purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise pu...Full story

Summer Spotlight on Skincare

Summer is in full swing and everyone is ready to head outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. But it’s essential that you enjoy it safely. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in this country. In fact, more non-melanoma cancers are diagno...Full story

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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PPMC invites you to enjoy the park and a delicious meal with you family, friends and co-workers on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Tickets are only $39.34 and include admission to both parks and an all-you-can-eat catered meal from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m...Full story

Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Winners

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Raymond Rodriquez, MD, FACC, FACP, clinical assistant professor of Medicine in the division of Cardiovascular Medicine, has received funding that will go toward testing supplies to use at the 2nd Enon Tabernacle Men’s Health Fair taking pl...Full story

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