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MDA-AFFILIATED HOSPITALS RANKED TOPS IN NATION

 TUCSON, Ariz., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A national magazine report ranks dozens of hospitals with neuromuscular disease clinics operated by the Muscular Dystrophy Association among the nation's best.
 MDA has clinics in nine of 14 medical facilities designated "best of the best" in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospitals." MDA operates some 240 hospital-affiliated clinics across the country.
 The association conducts clinics in 24 of 42 U.S. hospitals rated by the magazine as the county's best in neurology; 28 of the top 42 hospitals in orthopedics; eight of the top 15 in pediatrics; and six of the top 13 in rehabilitation.
 "We're gratified to see these outstanding hospitals recognized for superior care and services," said Dr. Arnold D. Gale, MDA medical information officer. "These high-caliber hospital facilities, with preeminent specialists and the latest technologies to assist people with neuromuscular diseases, help MDA clinics provide the best in care -- dramatically improving quality of life for all they serve."
 MDA clinics offer diagnosis and follow-up care to adults and children affected by any of the 40 neuromuscular diseases in MDA's program.
 Services at MDA clinics are provided at no charge to patients or their families. Physicians who suspect a patient may have a neuromuscular disease can refer the patient to an MDA clinic for examination.
 The U.S. News article, published July 12, rates hospitals according to various criteria, including recommendations from specialists.
 The "best of the best" are those hospitals appearing among the top 10 in at least four of the 16 specialties covered in the report. Of those hospitals, MDA has clinics in:
 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, rated among the top 10 in 15 specialties, including neurology, orthopedics and pediatrics;
 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., top 10 in 13 specialties, including neurology, orthopedics and rehabilitation;
 University of California - Los Angeles Medical Center, top 10 in 12 specialties, including neurology and orthopedics;
 Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, top 10 in 11 specialties, including neurology, orthopedics and pediatrics;
 Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., top 10 in eight specialties, including neurology, orthopedics and pediatrics;
 Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, top 10 in six specialties, including neurology and orthopedics;
 Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, top 10 in four specialties, including neurology and orthopedics;
 University of Texas, Houston, top 10 in four specialties, including orthopedics; and
 University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, top 10 in four specialties, including neurology, orthopedics and rehabilitation.
 MDA is a national voluntary health agency working to defeat 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive patient and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.
 MDA's 1993 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon will be broadcast Sept. 5-6, originating from the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas and carried by more than 200 "Love Network" stations nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Brown, director, public affairs of MDA, 602-529-5317/


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