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Fox Chase Cancer Center #1 in Cancer Care in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware According to U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals List for 2004

PHILADELPHIA (July 2, 2004) -- For 10 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Fox Chase Cancer Center among the top cancer centers in the nation. In its "America's Best Hospitals" list for 2004 released today, Fox Chase is the top ranked cancer center in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey and ranked 11th in the U.S. The rankings appear in the July 12, 2004 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands on July 5.

"This year, U.S. News & World Report recognized the importance of nursing care in cancer recovery by awarding points for centers that have 'Magnet' status," said Robert C. Young, M.D., president of Fox Chase Cancer Center. The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award recognizes hospitals with outstanding nursing care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center bestowed Magnet status on Fox Chase in 2000, making it the first hospital in Pennsylvania and the first cancer specialty hospital in the nation to receive this designation.

"Outstanding nursing care can have a dramatic impact on recovery," Young continued. "Recent studies show that the mortality rate is lower in Magnet hospitals, meaning more people recover from serious illnesses when they receive their care at a Magnet hospital. We are pleased that U.S. News has decided to recognize the critical role nurses play in patient care."

U.S. News & World Report lists the top 50 institutions in the country within different specialties based on an index that indicates the overall quality of patient care. The ranking procedure scrutinizes over 6,000 hospitals. For more information about the rankings, log on to

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment 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 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 four 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.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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