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Format: 04/23/2014
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Four Allegheny Health Network Hospitals Lauded by U.S. News for Patient Care Quality, Outcomes

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

  • AGH Named High Performer in 12 Medical Specialties  
  • West Penn Hospital Earns Top 50 Designation in Gynecology, Named High Performer in 9 Specialties
  • Forbes Regional Named High Performer in 6 Specialties
  • Saint Vincent Designated High-Performing in 6 Specialties
Pittsburgh, PA– July 16, 2013 –  Four hospitals affiliated with the Allegheny Health Network have been lauded in the latest ranking of the country’s best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Released online today and slated for publication in August, the U.S. News 2013-2014 Best Hospitals Guide recognizes Allegheny General Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital and West Penn Hospital as high performing medical centers across multiple clinical specialties.  
“We are excited to once again be acknowledged by U.S. News for the exceptional level of care that we provide to our patients. As with the many other quality accolades that our hospitals have earned over the past few years, the U.S. News distinction reflects an incredibly dedicated and talented team of physicians, nurses and ancillary staff, the outstanding efforts of whom make the Allegheny Health Network a premier healthcare provider and an excellent healthcare choice for the people of this region,” said Tony Farah, MD, Allegheny Health Network’s chief medical officer and president of the Allegheny Clinic.  
 
Just 700 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals earn U.S. News’ designation as a high performing medical center in the 2013-14 report, and fewer than 150 hospitals achieve a national top 50 ranking in at least one of the 16 medical specialties. 
 
West Penn Hospital received U.S. News’ highest honor this year for the quality of its women’s health program, earning a top 50 national designation in gynecology. West Penn was also named a high performer in cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, pulmonology and urology.
 
Allegheny General Hospital is recognized by U.S. News as a top performer in 12 clinical specialties, including orthopaedic surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, cardiology & cardiac surgery, ear, nose and throat care, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.
 
Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville is ranked as high-performing in gastroenterology, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.
 
Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie PA,is designated as a high performer in cardiology & heart surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery and pulmonology.
 
U.S. News 2013-14 hospital rankings evaluate performance in 16 medical specialties. The rankings are based on a combination of objective clinical information gleaned from Medicare outcomes data and the annual American Hospital Association Survey - including patient mortality rates, patient safety scores, nurse-to-patient ratio, procedure volumes and technological capabilities - and a hospital’s reputation score in each category as determined by a random survey of physicians across the country. 
 
According to Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor, the core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.
 
The hospital rankings, Comarow said, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.
“All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”
 
Comarow said the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions.
 
“These hospitals we call ‘high performers’ are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said.
 
The complete U.S News hospital rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
 
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