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Where did local hospitals place in U.S. News rankings?Lancaster General, Hershey Med earn high marks

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Two midstate hospitals are among the nation's top facilities for their handling of key surgical procedures and chronic conditions, according to a new nationwide ranking.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center ranked nationally in several adult and pediatric specialties, and was listed as "high performing" in eight of the nine types of common procedures and conditions analyzed in U.S. News & World Report's annual best hospitals analysis, released Tuesday.

Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), meanwhile, is one of only 48 across America to earn the high ranking designation in all nine categories.

The nine categories

As part of its Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals for their handling of nine surgical procedures and chronic conditions: Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

More than 1,200 hospitals earned a rating of high performing in at least one procedure or condition. Only 48 received that top rating in all nine areas. Lancaster General Hospital was the only midstate facility to do so. In Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown also made the cut, as did Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia.

U.S. News evaluated data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, nine adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties.

Pennsylvania has nearly 250 hospitals, and 27 "meet high U.S. News standards and are ranked in the state," the magazine said. Of those, four are in Central Pennsylvania: Hershey Med, LGH, PinnacleHealth hospitals and WellSpan York Hospital.

Below is a summary of what the report had to say about each of those facilities.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


• Overall statewide ranking: 4

• High performing: Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

• Ranked nationally in two adult specialties (gastroenterology and GI surgery and orthopedics) and four pediatric specialties (cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, neonatology and orthopedics).

• Also recognized as high performing in six additional specialties: cancer, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.

"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."

• Read its full ranking here.

Lancaster General Hospital

• Overall statewide ranking: 6

• High performing: All nine common procedures and conditions

• Also recognized as high performing in four additional specialties: gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology.

"This distinct honor is a result of the extraordinary standard of care that our physicians and staff are known for," said Jan Bergen, president and CEO of Lancaster General Health. "This ranking is further evidence of our progress in helping our community achieve optimal health and an exceptional experience through innovative and compassionate patient care."

LGH is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), all of whose individual hospitals earned top honors in the rankings.

• Read its full ranking here.

PinnacleHealth hospitals

• Overall statewide ranking: 12 (tied with Bryn Mawr Hospital)

• High performing: Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

• Ranking appears to have been performed before Pinnacle completed its purchase of four midstate hospitals from Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. last month.

• Read its full ranking here.

WellSpan York Hospital

• Overall statewide ranking: 23 (tied with four others)

• High performing: Colon cancer surgery, heart failure, lung cancer surgery.

• Read its full ranking here.

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