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(PHILADELPHIA) — Penn Presbyterian Medical Center has ranked among the nation's top 100 hospitals, according to the annual study by Thomson Reuters. The study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

"This is an incredible honor for the faculty, staff and administration at Penn Presbyterian," said Michele Volpe, executive director and CEO, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. "This recognition is further acknowledgment of the culture of excellence that we are committed to delivering every day. I am so proud of all the extraordinary people in the Presbyterian family who strive to provide the best in patient care, education and research."

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute-care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.

As a 100 Top Hospitals winner, Penn Presbyterian's overall composite score represents the positive impact that the organization provides to the community. According to the announcement by Thomson Reuters, winners are identified from nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals, and demonstrate that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency. If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities like Penn Presbyterian:

  • More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication free.
  • More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Winners are stratified by five separate peer comparison groups: major teaching, teaching, large community, medium community, and small community hospitals. Penn Presbyterian was listed amongst the major teaching hospitals, for which there are three ways to qualify:

  • 400 or more acute-care beds in service plus an intern and resident-per-bed ratio of at least 0.25, plus
    • sponsorship of at least 10 GME programs, or
    • involvement in at least 20 programs overall
  • Involvement in at least 30 GME programs overall (regardless of bed size or intern and resident-perbed ratio)
  • An intern and resident-per-bed ratio of at least 0.60 (regardless of bed size or GME program involvement).

For more than a century, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center has provided outstanding health care services. It has grown tremendously over the years, and today Penn Presbyterian combines state-of-the-art technology with personalized medicine to deliver superior quality care to every patient. Penn Presbyterian has an outstanding track record of medical accomplishments — such as creating one of the first coronary care units in the country — and in recent years, the hospital has become a leader in performing minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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