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Four West Penn Allegheny Health System Hospitals Lauded by U.S. News for Patient Care Quality, Outcomes

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

  • AGH Ranked Among Nation's Top 50 in Orthopaedic Surgery and Gastroenterology, Designated "HIgh Performer" in 12 Specialties
  • Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, West Penn in Bloomfield Named "High Performers" in Nine Specialties

Four West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) hospitals 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, U.S. News 2012-13 Best Hospital’s Guide recognizes Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), Allegheny Valley Hospital, Forbes Hospital and West Penn Hospital as high performing medical centers across multiple clinical specialties. 

AGH also received U.S. News’ highest honor in two categories, ranking among the nation’s top 50 centers for orthopaedic surgery and gastroenterology. 

“We are exceedingly proud to once again be recognized by U.S. News for the exceptional level of care that we provide to our patients.  Together with the many other quality accolades that we have received as a System over the past few years, the U.S. News distinction reflects our incredibly dedicated and talented team of physicians, nurses and ancillary staff, the outstanding efforts of whom have made our hospitals among the region’s elite healthcare providers and referral centers,” said Tony Farah, MD, WPAHS’ Chief Medical Officer and president of the WPAHS Physician Organization.

For three consecutive years, West Penn Allegheny has been named one of the nation’s top performing health systems by leading industry analyst Thomson Reuters based on patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction.  AGH also recently earned Thomson Reuters’ designation as one of the nation’s Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals.  Both honors are exclusive in the Pittsburgh region.  

U.S. News 2012-13 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, 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. 

Just 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals earn U.S. News’ designation as a high performing medical center in the 2012-13 report and fewer than 150 hospitals achieve a national top 50 ranking in at least one of the 16 medical specialties. 

According 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.”

In addition to AGH’s top 50 status in orthopaedic surgery and gastroenterology, the hospital was also named a high-performing medical center in the fields of cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, cardiology, cardiac surgery, ear, nose and throat care, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.

Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights is recognized for high performance in gastroenterology and pulmonology

Forbes Hospital in Monroeville is ranked as high-performing in diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedic surgery, pulmonology and urology.

West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield is designated as high-performing in cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology and neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.

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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