Friday, May 30, 2008

We're Number Thirty, We're Number Thirty,We're Number Thirty,......

US News and World Report has a new set of rankings out. This time it's hospitals. And Old Main couldn't be prouder. It's on the list.
Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is listed in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, published online at and in the magazine's June 9 issue, on newsstands Monday, June 2.

In a further extension of the 2007 pediatric rankings that listed the top 30 pediatric centers overall, the 2008 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals now includes the 30-top ranked hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders and general pediatrics.

Where exactly is it on the list? The Penn State Propaganda Portal (PSPP) fails to tell us. That can't be good news for the propagandist in Old Main.

.... and it isn't.

Penn State made the cut on the respiratory disorders and general pediatrics list at number thirty out of 50 hospitals ranked by USNWR. That would put it in the fortieth percentile. No wonder there was no mention of where it placed.

Here's some information which the PSPP didn't see fit to mention. Penn State was out performed by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC both of which made the list in every category. In fact, the Philly hospital was ranked number one in all but three categories. In two of those it ranked number two and in the third it ranked three. The Pittsburgh Hospital rankings are 10, 24,6,16, 22, 10, 6.

Now let's see if the Centre Daily Times uncritically reprints the press release.

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