U.S. News & World Report Names Pocono Medical Center Among Best in Pennsylvania


Pocono Medical Center 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.

“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.”

Pocono Medical Center had also ranked as a High Performing Hospital for both heart failure and heart bypass surgery.

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 RTI International, 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 at  http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S.

News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in August from the  U.S. News Store.

Pocono Medical Center is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year in East Stroudsburg. With more than

230 physicians and now over 2,000 staff employees, it is one of Monroe County’s oldest and largest

employers, offering a full complement of clinical and acute care services for Monroe and surrounding communities. It was recently recognized as being among the top 10% in Pennsylvania and as a Best

Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Pocono Medical Center’s ESSA Heart and Vascular

Institute offers the full breadth and depth of cardiovascular services, including diagnostic cardiac catheterization, cardiac angioplasty, open-heart surgery, and minimally invasive heart procedures as well as vascular surgery and cardiac rehabilitation services. The Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at PMC offers a variety of treatments and alternatives, including state-of-the-art radiation therapy equipment.  Pocono Medical Center is a fully accredited Level III Trauma Center.