The 2014-15 U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital rankings were published just this morning. I am very proud to announce that our Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital has been ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row.
Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital was ranked in six pediatric specialties: cancer; cardiology & heart surgery; nephrology; neurology & neurosurgery; orthopedics; and urology. It marks the highest number of Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital specialties in a single year to have earned the distinction. Recognition by U.S. News & World Report is a validation of the inspired care and compassionate support provided to our patients and families by the excellent physicians, nurses, clinical specialists, technicians, researchers, administrators and support staff of Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. It is also a shared success that belongs to many other members of our Penn State community.
These rankings are a tribute to the legions of tireless volunteers and professional staff-students, alumni, donors, fundraisers, faculty, families and others-who each year put their heart and soul into supporting the Children's Miracle Network and Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Funds raised through their collective efforts make it possible for us to provide the services and amenities that helped us earn U.S. News recognition. These include key clinical programs, equipment, and skilled staff, such as social workers, music therapists, care coordinators, a pediatric chaplain, child life specialists and others, who provide invaluable support to patients and families facing difficult diagnoses and challenging recoveries.
I hope you enjoy this brief video celebrating our recognition by U.S. News & World Report. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your support of our efforts to provide unparalleled care for children and families.
Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S.
CEO, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Sr. Vice President for Health Affairs, Penn State
Dean, Penn State College of Medicine