HERSHEY, Pa. — U.S. News & World Report has recognized Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as one of the best hospitals for 2017-18 in gastroenterology and GI surgery (No. 35) and orthopedics (No. 48).
The Medical Center was also recognized as “high performing” in six additional specialties: cancer, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology. It was also listed as “high performing” in eight of nine adult procedures and conditions.
Overall, U.S. News recognized Hershey Medical Center as the best hospital in south central Pennsylvania and the No. 4 hospital in the state.
“These rankings reflect years of collaboration to enhance quality, safety and outcomes for our patients,’” said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health and senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State. “Moving forward, we must continue to take steps to ensure that we do right by every patient, every time.”
GI specialty services at Hershey Medical Center include advanced medical and surgical treatments for complex conditions including cancers of the esophagus, stomach and colon, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal diseases and advanced liver disease — including transplantation.
Patients across the region rely on Hershey Medical Center for high-level care for disorders of the bones, joints and spine. The team at Penn State Bone and Joint Institute includes specialists in orthopedics, sports medicine, spinal disorders, hand surgery, metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis, rheumatology, radiology, chronic pain management and therapy services.
“These rankings acknowledge the outstanding care that our specialized teams of physicians, nurses and other health care providers deliver to our patients each day at Hershey Medical Center,” said Dr. Peter Dillon, president of Penn State Medical Group, executive vice president of Penn State Health and chair of the Department of Surgery.
The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, patient safety and quality of nursing care.
For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty.
Penn State Children’s Hospital was also ranked by U.S. News as being among the Best Children’s Hospitals in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, neonatology and orthopedics in the 2017-2018 rankings.
For more information, visit the U.S. News Best Hospitals website.