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UPMC Again is Western Pennsylvania's Only Hospital on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals

PITTSBURGH, July 19, 2011UPMC is once again western Pennsylvania's only medical center on the annual U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals. UPMC is ranked 12th overall, up from last year's 13th place. UPMC is one of only 17 hospitals nationwide that made the Honor Roll of the "nation's best" in the 2011 survey.

UPMC was ranked in 15 of 16 adult specialty areas, including nine specialties for which UPMC is in the top 10. UPMC improved its ranking in 10 specialties, more than in any other year to date. And, once again, UPMC is western Pennsylvania's only medical center to be ranked nationally. Only 140 of the 4,825 nationally eligible hospitals were nationally ranked in any specialty area. This year marks UPMC's 12th appearance on the list.

"UPMC's best-yet performance and consistent inclusion on the Honor Roll is a result of our ongoing commitment to provide the residents of western Pennsylvania the most advanced, highest quality specialty care available," said Elizabeth Concordia, executive vice president of UPMC and president of its Hospital and Community Services Division. "We are proud and thrilled that our exceptional physicians, nurses and entire clinical care teams continue to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report year after year, and that our region's residents can be the beneficiaries of their hard work and dedication."

"The operational strength of UPMC as a successful integrated health care delivery system and leading academic medical center enables us to provide outstanding care with the most innovative technology and scientifically based practices. Continued access to UPMC hospitals and physicians is essential to the health of our region," added Steven Shapiro, M.D., senior vice president, and chief medical and scientific officer, UPMC.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the Honor Roll lists those institutions that demonstrate excellence and breadth of expertise by ranking at or near the top in at least six specialties.

UPMC's ranked specialties are: Ear, nose and throat, 2nd; respiratory disorders, 6th; gynecology, 7th; two rankings for orthopaedics – 7th for UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and 42nd for Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC; psychiatry, 8th; geriatric care, 9th; neurology and neurosurgery, 10th; rheumatology, 10th; digestive disorders, 10th; kidney disorders, 15th; rehabilitation, 16th; diabetes and endocrinology, 18th; heart and heart surgery, 20th; urology, 26th; and two rankings in cancer – 29th for UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside and 45th for Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC.

The 2011-12 publication of America's Best Hospitals is accessible online now at and will be on sale at newsstands beginning in mid-August.

In May 2011, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC was one of 11 pediatric hospitals in the country named to U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of America's "Best Children's Hospitals." UPMC's Children's Hospital is ranked in all 10 of the pediatric specialties on the magazine's annual Best Children's Hospitals list.

About UPMC

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