Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital Named Among Nation's Best


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Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital Named Among Nation's Best

  1. 1. Penn State College of Medicine Tel: (717) 531-8606 Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Fax: (717) 531-6999 Strategic Services, A140 600 Centerview Drive P.O. Box 855 Hershey, PA 17033-0855 N e w s R e l e a s e FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT: Friday, May 30, 2008 Amy Buehler Stranges (717) 531-8606 e-mail: PENN STATE HERSHEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S 2008 EDITION OF AMERICA’S BEST CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS HERSHEY, PA– Central Pennsylvania’s only children’s hospital has been ranked among the best of the best in the nation! Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, published online at and in the magazine’s June 9 issue, on newsstands Monday, June 2. “We are so proud of our faculty and staff,” states Harold Paz, M.D., CEO, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and dean, Penn State College of Medicine. “Our ranking was achieved due in large part to our care-related measures and outcomes. We were judged on the excellent work of our care providers and support staff. Our ranking is particularly noteworthy when you consider that most of the other ranked hospitals are free-standing facilities designed specifically for the care of children.” In a further extension of the 2007 pediatric rankings that listed the top 30 pediatric centers overall, the 2008 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals now includes the 30-top ranked hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, and general pediatrics. “Very sick kids need very special care,” said Senior Writer Avery Comarow, who has been editor of the America’s Best Hospitals and America’s Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings since their inception. -more-
  2. 2. Page 2 Children’s Hospital Ranks in U.S. News & World Report “The best places for them are pediatric facilities with a deep pool of expertise in their particular illness. Breaking out key specialties is crucial to help parents and other caregivers find these facilities.” The specialty rankings of this year’s America’s Best Children’s Hospitals were based on a new and improved methodology that weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. A detailed description of the methodology can be found online at Ranking-eligible facilities were largely drawn from members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) in either of two categories—a freestanding children’s hospital or a children’s “hospital within a hospital” (a large, multidisciplinary pediatric service within a medical center). In addition, several non-NACHRI members were added because of known expertise or at the recommendation of experts. Of the 143 children’s hospitals invited to complete a survey asking for information as detailed as whether a center offers postgraduate fellowships in pediatric cardiology, 113 responded. The survey was constructed by RTI International, which collects the data and oversees the methodology behind the adult Best Hospitals rankings. “Despite our space constraints, we continue to stretch as much as we possibly can,” states A. Craig Hillemeier, M.D., medical director, Children’s Hospital. “Our services and programs continue to grow for the benefit of our patients and their families. This new recognition further supports the need for our future facility to benefit our community and beyond.” Recently, the Campaign to build the new free-standing Children’s Hospital reached its public phase with a milestone of $50 million raised so far. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Founded in 1963 through a gift from The Milton S. Hershey Foundation, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country. -more-
  3. 3. Page 3 Children’s Hospital Ranks in U.S. News & World Report The Medical Center campus also includes Penn State College of Medicine (Penn State University’s medical school), Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital—the region’s only children’s hospital. For more information on contributing to the future Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, visit and click on “giving,” or call (717) 531-8497. About U.S. News & World Report Founded in 1933, U.S. News & World Report is devoted to reporting and to analyzing national and international affairs, politics, business, health, science, technology and social trends. Through its annual editions of America's Best Colleges, America’s Best Graduate Schools, America's Best Hospitals, America’s Best Health Plans and America’s Best Leaders, as well as its News You Can Use® brand, 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. The U.S. News Web site ( extends that brand promise and delivers the best, most accurate information online, organized in an easily accessible way. ###