U.S. News and World Report Names Fox Chase Cancer Center Among the “Best Hospitals” in the Nation for Cancer Care

PHILADELPHIA (July 16, 2013)—Once again, Fox Chase Cancer Center has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. In the just-released 2013-14 rankings, Fox Chase is ranked 30th in the nation in the specialty of cancer care.

“This important national ranking gives everyone at our Center—from physicians to nurses to administrators and even volunteers—a sense of pride in what we do here at Fox Chase every day,” says Richard I. Fisher, MD, director of Fox Chase Cancer Center and senior associate dean for cancer programs at Temple University School of Medicine. “Everyone’s hard work is certainly reflected in these rankings and gives us even more momentum to build on our already strong mission of prevailing over cancer.”

Additionally, Fox Chase was ranked as high performing in the specialty areas of gynecology, nephrology and urology. Among all hospitals, it also ranked 11th in Pennsylvania and 7th in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

The rankings have been published annually by U.S. News & World Report for the past 24 years—evaluating hospitals strengths in16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

They are based on a number of variables, including a national survey that asks physicians to rate institutions on reputation. Among the other factors considered are types of facilities available, specific services offered, patient safety measures, Magnet nursing status, and selected outcomes metrics. Many of the data points are averaged over a rolling three-year period.

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. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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