Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia continued its 15-year streak of being ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States. CHOP was ranked No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals.

U.S. News also evaluated programs in 10 specialty areas. CHOP was listed among the top seven programs in each of the 10 ranked specialties for 2019-20, with seven specialties ranked first, second or third:

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health partners with CHOP to provide inpatient hospitalist care at Lancaster General Hospital, a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women & Babies Hospital, and outpatient specialty care at the Suburban Pavilion.

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Women & Babies Hospital Re-designated as a Baby-Friendly Birth Facility

Baby-Friendly USA announced that Lancaster General Health’s Women & Babies Hospital has received international recognition as a Re-Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

The award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide, including 574 in the United States.

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Penn Medicine Hospitals Named 2019 Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign

All six of Penn Medicine’s hospitals will be recognized as 2019 leaders in LGBTQ health-care equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

The HRC Foundation has consistently recognized Penn Medicine hospitals as leaders in LGBTQ patient-centered care, but this year marks two “firsts” for the health system. Princeton Health participated in the foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index survey for the first time and scored a total of 100/100 points, earning the HRC’s coveted “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation. Penn Medicine’s Lancaster General Health also earned the “Equality Leader” designation. The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Chester County Hospital will be awarded “Top Performer” designations.

“Maintaining an inclusive, welcoming and compassionate environment for all of our patients, visitors, and staff is critical to any health system, and Penn Medicine is committed to prioritizing this in our workplaces, classrooms, and clinical settings,” said Patrick J. Brennan, M.D., Penn Medicine’s chief medical officer. “Having all of our hospitals on this list is a tremendous accolade for the health system.”

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