University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Specialties Ranked As Among the "Best" in the Country
PITTSBURGH, July 17, 1998 — A record number of 11 different University of Pittsburgh Medical Center specialty areas were ranked as "best" in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. The ninth annual rankings of "America’s Best Hospitals" will be in the July 17 issue available on newsstands Monday, July 20.
UPMC ranked fifth in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), 11th in gastroenterology. 13th in orthopedics and rheumatology, 15th in pulmonary medicine, 19th in cancer, 20th in endocrinology, 22nd in geriatrics, 23rd in neurology, 39th in cardiology and 39th in urology. In addition, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh which houses the department of pediatrics of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Hospital which houses the medical school’s department of obstetrics and gynecology also were ranked.
"This ranking is one more measure of the excellence of medical care provided by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center," stated Loren Roth, M.D., M.P.H, senior vice president of medical services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "We are pleased that these nationally-recognized specialty programs are now available to more people than ever before through our network of community hospitals located throughout Western Pennsylvania."
U.S. News and World Report ranks hospitals using three parameters: reputation with board-certified specialists (a survey of 150 in each specialty area); predicted mortality rates; various medical information (e.g. nurse/bed ratio, technology index, discharges).