6 hospitals with strong finances

Here are six hospitals and health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions based on recent reports from Moody's Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.

1. Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic has an "Aa2" rating and stable outlook with Moody's and an "AA" rating and stable outlook with S&P. Mayo has an excellent enterprise profile as one of the nation's leading health systems and a diverse group of operating assets.

2. Chicago-based Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital has an "AA-" rating and stable outlook with Fitch. The hospital has a leading market position, strong operating profitability and solid liquidity metrics.

3. Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University Health System has an "Aa2" rating and stable outlook with Moody's. The system has strong geographic coverage, sound margins and a solid investment position.

4. University of Pennsylvania Health System has an "AA-" rating and stable outlook with S&P and an "Aa3" rating and stable outlook with Moody's. The Philadelphia-based system has strong liquidity and a prominent clinical reputation.

5. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Lucile Packard Children's Hospital has an "AA-" rating and stable outlook with S&P and an "Aa3" rating and stable outlook with Moody's. The hospital has a strong balance sheet and dominant market position.

6. San Diego-based Rady Children's Hospital has an "AA-" rating and stable outlook with Fitch. The hospital has a dominant market position and a strong financial profile.

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