Penn Medicine Hospitals Ranked Among Top in the Nation

July 29, 2020

Dear Penn Medicine Colleagues,

Penn Medicine hospitals have once again been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation.

The scope and magnitude of what we have faced together thus far in 2020 has reshaped the way we live, work, and care for our patients. Even in our most challenging hours during the COVID-19 pandemic, there was nothing more important than keeping our patients, families, colleagues and communities safe and healthy, and the creativity and commitment our team brought to this task was a daily inspiration.

Which is why this year, occasions like the annual release of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings are a special reminder to pause and thank all of Penn Medicine’s employees for their incredible work. We are pleased to announce that Penn Medicine hospitals have once again been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, with the combined enterprise of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center once again being named to the publication’s prestigious Honor Roll. Twelve clinical specialties received top rankings, and HUP-PPMC ranked as the #1 hospital in Pennsylvania and #1 in the Philadelphia metro area in the annual survey by the magazine.

Out of more than 4,500 hospitals analyzed nationwide, HUP-PPMC is among only 20 institutions – and the only one in both Philadelphia and Pennsylvania – to be named to the publication’s 2020-2021 Honor Roll. Hospitals must each perform near the top of the rankings in multiple specialties and conditions/treatments in order to earn a place on the Honor Roll.

 Together, HUP and PPMC were recognized for excellence in 12 specialties:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonary & Lung Surgery
  • Urology

HUP-PPMC was also rated as “high performing” in all 10 of the common procedures and conditions ranked.

All four other Penn Medicine hospitals also earned honors:

  • Lancaster General Health ranked #4 in Pennsylvania and was nationally ranked in Orthopedics
  • Chester County Hospital ranked #10 in the state, #5 in the Philadelphia region, and was nationally ranked in Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Pennsylvania Hospital ranked #4 in Philadelphia, #8 in the state, and was nationally ranked in Gynecology
  • Princeton Health ranked #9 in New Jersey, #24 in the New York Metro Area, and was recognized as High Performing in Orthopedics

As an organization that is always striving to advance – and knowing that patients have many choices for both routine care and complex conditions – we also look at these rankings as a continuous opportunity to evaluate our work and collaborate to set new standards in every domain of our missions. Like all of our efforts to innovate and build on our success, efforts are underway to examine opportunities to refine and improve our performance in some key arenas both across the institution and within individual specialty areas.

To have our hospitals recognized year after year is an outstanding accomplishment of which everyone can be proud; to have our hospitals recognized during a year when our institution came together to perform under these extraordinary circumstances is especially meaningful. Your dedication to delivering world-class care is demonstrated by the clinical excellence, generosity, and compassion you provide to our patients every day. Your commitment to innovative approaches to medical treatments and research serves as a beacon for our community, our city, our nation, and the world.

Once again, you have risen to the occasion and answered the call to provide exemplary clinical care and service excellence. Congratulations on these achievements and sincere gratitude for your efforts.

The complete rankings as well as the U.S. News & World Report methodology can be found at

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean, Perelman School of Medicine

Kevin B. Mahoney, CEO, University of Pennsylvania Health System