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Penn State Hershey’s Children’s Hospital earns kudos

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Penn State racked up some bragging rights this week, thanks to Hershey Children’s Hospital.

On Tuesday, U.S. News and World Report released its rankings of children’s hospitals, taking a close look at their skills and results in a variety of areas.

Penn State Hershey was ranked in eight specialties, the most the hospital has ever attained.

The university’s highest ranking was in urology, at 15th, one spot ahead of the University of Pittsburgh’s children’s hospital. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked second.

Penn State Hershey was also ranked for cancer care, No. 24; orthopedics, No. 27; pulmonology, No. 30; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, No. 33; cardiology and heart surgery, No. 37; nephrology, No. 43; and neurology and neurosurgery, No. 44.

The rankings were based on assessments in many areas for each specialty and for the hospital overall.

Penn State Hershey was singled out for superior performance in a commitment to quality improvement, adoption of health information technology, full-time subspecialty availability, use of infection-preventing measures, prevention of intensive care unit infections, commitment to best practices, prevention of surgical complications, management of lung disease of prematurity, steps to engage families, adult congenital heart programs and prevention of pressure ulcers.

High ratings were given for survival after bone marrow transplants and ventilator survival rates.

CHOP was named the silver medalist for the magazine’s honor roll of top performing facilities, and UPMC came in at No. 8. Only the top 17 facilities nationwide made that list.

But Penn State Hershey came out ahead of UPMC on one of those, ranking 27th in orthopedics, with UPMC at 44. It also gave UPMC close competition in cancer care, just two rankings behind the Pittsburgh facility’s No. 22 berth. CHOP was ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively.

“The U.S. News rankings reinforce for our community that Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is among the best when it comes to offering a full spectrum of high-level pediatric care, and we do it right here in central Pennsylvania,” Penn State Hershey CEO Craig Hillemeier said.