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U.S. News and World Report says Pocono Medical Center ranks highly in heart specialties

Washington DC- October 28, 2015 – Pocono Medical Center ranked as a High Performing Hospital for both heart failure and heart bypass surgery and has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

U.S. News and World Report cover reads Best Regional Hospitas Northeastern PA Lehigh Valley 2015-16

“This kind of national recognition validates the high quality of care that is provided by our highly-skilled and committed physicians, care-givers and staff on a daily basis,” said Jeff Snyder, President and CEO of Pocono Medical Center. “We are honored to be recognized among the best hospitals in Pennsylvania, but more importantly, to be known and trusted by our community in meeting our mission to provide excellent care close to home.”

For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty.

“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers in one or more specialties, as well as hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTIInternational, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, first published in May, to produce the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available and will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2016 guidebook.

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