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For The Third Consecutive Year, UPMC Is the Only Area Health System to Be Ranked Among the Best in the Country by U.S. News and World Report

PITTSBURGH, July 13, 2001 — For the third consecutive year, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has been placed on U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll as one of the “best of the best” hospitals in the United States. UPMC remains the only Pittsburgh-based health system to ever receive this distinction. According to U. S. News & World Report, the Honor Roll recognizes those institutions that perform at a very high level across many specialties. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals placed 16th out of 1,878 eligible hospitals in the United States. UPMC Presbyterian placed in 11 specialty areas and UPMC’s Magee-Womens Hospital was ranked in gynecology.

To be placed on the magazine’s Honor Roll, hospitals not only had to rank in certain specialty areas but they also had to be close to the top in a number of them. Also included on this select list of nationally prestigious institutions are Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore; the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; and UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to UPMC’s ranking as one of the “best of the best,” this special edition of the magazine also will include an article that features UPMC’s minimally invasive surgery programs. James D. Luketich, M.D., and Philip R. Schauer, M.D., co-directors of the Mark Ravitch/Leon C. Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center were interviewed for the story.

“We are proud that our physicians, nurses, researchers and other healthcare professionals have been recognized as being among the best in the world,” stated Loren Roth, M.D., senior vice president of Medical Services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Roth went on to say that this ranking provides further evidence that the people of western Pennsylvania no longer need to travel great distances to find the very best medical science has to offer. “The country’s leading specialty care is not only available here in Pittsburgh, but also throughout the region in UPMC’s network of community hospitals,” he concluded.

UPMC has seen a tremendous rise in its ranking since 1996 when it first became a unified health system. That year, the system was only ranked in four categories: gastroenterology, otolaryngology, rheumatology and psychiatry.

This year, UPMC is recognized in 12 specialty areas, more than any other hospital in western Pennsylvania. The system is ranked 6th in ear, nose and throat; 10th in psychiatry ( Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic); 11th in digestive disorders; 13th in gynecology (Magee-Womens Hospital) and orthopedics; 15th in cancer and kidney disease; 17th in rheumatology and in respiratory disorders; 21st in cardiology; 23rd in hormonal disorders, which includes diabetes and other glandular conditions; and 31st in geriatrics. In addition, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh ranked 4th in pediatrics.

U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals is an assessment of the nation’s hospitals based on an index made up of three equal parts related to quality of care: reputation, mortality and various factors such as procedure volume and nursing care. The rankings will appear in the July 23 issue of the magazine, which will be on the newsstands July 16.

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