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​UPMC Named to U.S. News Honor Roll of Americas Best Hospitals for the Eighth Time

With Top Rankings in 14 Specialties, UPMC Is Only Local Hospital Honored

PITTSBURGH, July 13, 2007 The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has once again received national recognition for its clinical programs. UPMC has earned 13th position in the U.S. News & World Report magazines annual Americas Best Hospitals ranking. The 2007 results place UPMC one notch higher than last year and mark its eighth appearance on the prestigious Honor Roll, which includes only 18 hospitals nationwide.

In addition, UPMC is nationally ranked in 14 of the 16 medical specialties surveyed and is the only local hospital to receive recognition in any category.

Out of 5,462 hospitals in the nation that were eligible, less than 1 percent, or 18 hospitals, made the Honor Roll, and only 173 were ranked in one or more specialty. 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.

Our centers of excellence and clinical specialties are vital assets in western Pennsylvania, providing our residents with innovative, best-in-class health care, said Elizabeth Concordia, UPMC senior vice president, Academic and Community Hospitals, and president, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. As the demand for UPMCs inpatient and outpatient services continues to increase both regionally and from abroad, we see this achievement as a fitting honor for our dedicated professionals who are committed to excellence in patient care.

The specialty rankings for UPMC are: 3rd in ear, nose and throat; 8th in geriatrics; 10th in rheumatology; 11th in psychiatry ; 12th in cancer, gynecology ( Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC); neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopaedics; 14th in kidney disease; 16th in respiratory disorders; 18th in rehabilitation; and 27th in digestive disorders, endocrinology and urology.

The 2007 Americas Best Hospitals rankings will be published in the July 25 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine, which hits newsstands on Monday, July 16. Rankings also will appear on

The mission of Americas 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 latest advances in imaging, surgical devices and other technologies.

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