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If you're lucky, you have never been in a Pennsylvania hospital, with the possible exception of when you were born. But if you're like most residents, you probably have been a patient at least a few times. Maybe having your tonsils removed or perhaps having a minor surgery. It's not fun, but hospitals save lives and we are very fortunate to have some of the best ones here in Pa.

We have listed (alphabetically) the seven top hospitals in Pennsylvania. We performed our own research, taking into consideration, patient satisfaction, survival rates, costs, community availability and network coverage by health insurance companies. And, of course, there are hundreds of choices that didn't make the list, although they are great facilities.

Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh joins UPMC in delivering a 1-2 punch to Western Pa residents. This teaching facility that specializes in adult treatment, is part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System. Other hospitals in the same system include Allegheny Valley, Canonsburg General, Forbes Hospice, Forbes Regional Jefferson, Saint Vincent, and West Penn.

Patient, medical and nursing education are just a small part of the research and teaching that is part of the daily routine. There are also three very respected institutes (Orthopedic/Rehab, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Neuroscience) that help shape its well-earned reputation. Also, the Allegheny-Singer Research Institute (ASRI) is an award-winning research facility. Recent accolades for their services have been recognized by US News And World Report, Consumer Reports, AARP, and Healthgrades.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is the only facility in the Philadelphia area that specializes in treatment, prevention and research of cancer. As part of the Temple Health system, they are one of 40 NCI (National Cancer Institute) facilities in the US. And two scientists from Fox have won the Nobel Prize. Originally established in 1904, this facility was one of the first US hospitals to focus on Cancer treatment and research. Locations include the main campus in Philadelphia, Buckingham, Huntingdon Pike, Fox Chase Cancer Center at Temple University, and Jeanes Hospital.

There is also a separate women's facility (also the first in the area) that specializes in breast and gynecologic cancer. Treatment, care and education are all provided at the same location. In addition to the doctor and nursing excellence awards that have been received, diversity is heavily promoted. They have been nationally recognized by Consumer Reports and US News.

Lehigh Valley Hospital is located in Allentown and is part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network and offers close to 100 clinical specialties. Included in the network are locations in Salisbury Township, Hazleton, Allentown and Bethlehem. With more than 1000 staff physicians and 40 local clinics to serve persons that are uninsured, it's one of the finest medical facilities in the area. Commonly referred to as "LVPG," they perform 70% more surgical procedures than any other nearby hospital.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid along with numerous other organizations have recognized the excellence of Lehigh Valley. They are also the first Pa hospital to receive 100% accreditation from AAHHRP, which bases the award (in part), to safety standards in research.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center is located in the Philadelphia area and is well-known for their work in adult specialty treatment. It's part of the University of Pennsylvania and is a non-profit entity. It has substantially expanded in the last few decades and now has a high percentage of private rooms.

One of the initial coronary care units originated from this facility and current specialties include (but are not limited to) family medicine, radiology, cardiology and internal medicine. Lately, they have become a standout in the field of  robotic assisted surgery. Apparently, others in the field are noticing as evidenced by their high national rankings. 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is one of the premier medical teaching institutions in the east. Located in Philadelphia, it has more than 900 beds and holds the CARF accreditation for rehabilitation. They have been noted for their excellence in ear, nose and throat treatment along with diabetes and cancer. Founded in 1825, they are one of the oldest and most reliable institutions in Pa.

They have five locations including their main Center City Campus location on South 11th St. In addition to the best medical care, patients also have access to hair care service and many other amenities that sometimes make you feel as if you are in a hotel. A new set of rooms was recently built at the Gibbon Building. Patient lifts, glass doors instead of curtains and flat screen TVs are just a few of the features.

University Of Pennsylvania Hospital is the top-rated facility in the Philadelphia area. It's a widely-respected teaching institution with almost 800 beds. Some of its leading specialties include  treatment of cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gynecology and gastroenterology. One of the top local insurers, Keystone is popular in the area and their rates can be found here. Typically, their individual and family rates are very affordable.

The first medical school in the US was established here more than 200 years ago. This facility's contributions and achievements have been recognized throughout the world and still continue in the 21st century. Whether its clinical care, treating patients or teaching students, world class treatment is always the norm.

UPMC University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is part of the UPMC system, a non-profit enterprise based in Pittsburgh and also the state's largest employer. Annually recognized as one of the finest facilities in the US, the Medical Center has more than 1500 beds and performs more than 50,000 surgeries each year. Throw in more than 100,000 ER visits and the fact that the parent company also offers health insurance, well...they do it all! Also, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is consistently rated as one of the 10 best pediatric medical facilities in the US.

Some of the specialty treatments that the Medical Center has achieved high national ratings for, include neurology and neurosurgery, cancer, pulmonology, psychiatry, urology and orthopedics. They are also involved in many community programs such as "Meals On Wheels" and various health fairs throughout Western Pa. Magee-Women's Hospital (part of UPMC) could also be listed separately, but we'll include it with UPMC since the parent company is the same. NOTE: Jonas Salk, while working at Pitt, was credited with discovering the vaccine for polio.

 

We could have easily expanded our list from 7 to 20 since there are so many outstanding hospitals in Pennsylvania. For additional information regarding our comments or your personal Pa healthcare rates, please contact us.

NOTE: We have received dozens of emails  suggesting the list should be increased, since there are so many top-notch hospitals in the state. Here are several of the hospitals that were prominently mentioned: Lancaster General, Magee-Women's, Hahnemann University, Wills Eye, Forbes Regional, Holy Spirit, Altoona Regional, Paoli and Geisinger.