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February 3, 2000

Presby wins honors for orthopaedics

UPMC Presbyterian has been named among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for orthopaedic care.

The awards are part of a 1999 study, "100 Top Hospitals: Orthopaedic Benchmarks for Success," conducted by HCIA Inc., a health care information company, and the Health Network, which provides consumer health information through television and the Internet.

The awards recognize hospitals for clinical excellence and efficient delivery of health care.

The study is based on Medicare clinical performance and financial data compiled between October 1997 and September 1998. Measurements included mortality rate, patient volume, length of stay, complications rate, cost per patient and percentage of patients who came from and were discharged to home. To qualify, hospitals had to perform well in all of the measures.

UPMC Presbyterian, the only Pittsburgh hospital cited, was recognized for excellence in fracture repair.

Last year, cardiovascular services at UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian were recognized by the HCIA's Top 100 Hospitals: Cardiovascular Hospitals study.

For more information on the studies, see HCIA Inc.'s web site at

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