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

PITTSBURGH, July 12, 2002 — For the fourth consecutive year, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has been placed on U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals 2002 Honor Roll as one of the "Best of the Best" hospitals in the United States.

UPMC remains the only Pittsburgh-based health system to receive the 'Best of the Best' 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 1,978 eligible hospitals in the United States. UPMC Presbyterian placed in 11 specialty areas, UPMC's Magee-Womens Hospital was ranked in gynecology and UPMC's Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh was ranked in pediatrics.

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, Minn.; and UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

"We are proud that our physicians, nurses, researchers and other health care professionals have once again been recognized as being among the best in the world," stated John Paul, executive vice president, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Mr. Paul 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 stated.

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 13 specialty areas, more than any other hospital in western Pennsylvania. The system is ranked 6th in ear, nose and throat, 6th in pediatrics (Children's Hospital), 10th in digestive disorders, 11th in cancer, 13th in orthopedics, 14th in psychiatry (Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic), 15th in respiratory disorders, 17th in rheumatology, 18th in gynecology (Magee-Womens Hospital), 18th in kidney disease, 20th in heart/heart surgery, 21st in hormonal disorders and 23rd in geriatrics.

Many specialties including cancer, digestive disorders, geriatrics, heart /heart surgery, hormonal disorders, respiratory disorders and psychiatry are ranked higher this year than last.

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 22 issue of the magazine, which will be on the newsstands July 15.

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