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U.S. News Ranks Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Among Best Hospitals in Philadelphia Region

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U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Hospitals rankings today, placing Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center among the top hospitals in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. Lourdes ranked 20th in the region and was honored with a “high performance” rating in Geriatrics. 

This year’s U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.

“Lourdes’ ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals speaks to the organization-wide commitment and dedication of our staff to enhancing the 

patient experience through high quality, advanced treatment options and personalized, compassionate care,” says Alexander J. Hatala, President and CEO of Lourdes Health System. “It is rewarding to see our efforts recognized. We are honored to be among the top hospitals in the highly competitive Philadelphia Metropolitan region.”

According to U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, hospital rankings 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.” 

While reputation plays an important role in the Best Hospitals rankings, clinical data such as patient outcomes and processes of care are central. Mortality, nurse staffing and other hard measures with a direct link to the quality of patient care are significant factors in the rankings, and clinical yardsticks make up nearly 70 percent of a hospital’s score in most specialties. 

Taking some of the juice out of high reputational scores gives hospitals with solid clinical data more opportunity to show consumers how well they perform. While reputation still counts as 32.5 percent of a hospital’s overall score, the modification made this year levels the playing field for non-academic medical centers to compete against those who have been advantaged by loyal graduates of residency and fellowship programs.

The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August. 

The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Personal Finance, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report‘s signature franchise includes its News You Can Use

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