NorthShore University HealthSystem has been awarded numerous honors for its achievements in providing patients with an exceptional healthcare experience that outshines similar peer organizations. We work hard to continuously improve our achievements in the healthcare services profession. The following are some of the organizational achievements for which we are particularly proud.


  • January 2015: NorthShore's Grainger Center for Simulation and Innovation (GCSI) was awarded reaccreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute from the American College of Surgeons, which is dedicated to setting high standards for surgical education and practice. The reaccreditation recognizes NorthShore’s commitment to enhancing patient safety through simulation and continuing to position GCSI as part of an elite group of international education institutes.


  • November 2014: The Palliative Care program at NorthShore Evanston Hospital has earned recertification from the Joint Commission. This "Gold Seal of Approval" is recognition of the program's commitment to providing the best care to patients and their families. The recertification is for Evanston Hospital, but the model program and quality standards have been copied at all four NorthShore Hospitals.
  • August 2014: All six NorthShore GI Labs have been honored for promoting the highest standards of safety and quality in endoscopy by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program.
  • July 2014: NorthShore is nationally ranked in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (#43) and rated as high performing in 10 other specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual "Best Hospitals" survey. The evaluation looked at about 5,000 hospitals nationwide, ranking them in 16 different specialties. Less than 3 percent of all hospitals earned a national ranking in any specialty. NorthShore was also a Top 10-ranked hospital in Illinois.
  • July 2014: NorthShore has been named one of the "Most Wired" health systems in the country for the 11th straight year by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine's 2014 "Most Wired" survey. The annual report highlights hospitals and hospital systems at the forefront of adopting health information technology (HIT) to improve patient care and increase clinical and administrative efficiencies.
  • June 2014: All six NorthShore GI labs have been honored by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program (EURP) for promoting the highest standards of safety and quality endoscopic care through the EURP.
  • June 2014: All four NorthShore hospitals earned System for Change Awards and Greenhealth Partner for Change Awards from Practice Greenhealth, a national healthcare sustainability organization. NorthShore was recognized for its work in implementing comprehensive sustainability programs that reduce waste and demonstrate environmental stewardship system-wide. 
  • June 2014: The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has recognized NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center as one of five Community Resource Centers identified for expertise in treating pancreatic cancer patients. A recently published ACCC article on effective practices in pancreatic cancer programs identified new resources for improving quality care delivered to patients and designated the new Community Resource Centers.
  • May 2014: NorthShore’s diabetes self-management outpatient education program has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  Programs that achieve recognition provide state-of-the-art diabetes management information and education to participants.
  • May 2014: NorthShore is among the first health systems in the area to earn American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) certification at all seven Centers for Maternal and Fetal Health locations for obstetric care. This distinction is a reflection of excellence in the performance and interpretation of obstetric diagnostic ultrasound examinations.
  • April 2014: All four NorthShore Hospitals earned an "A" grade in The Leapfrog Group's "Hospital Safety Score" initiative, achieving the highest ranking among more than 2,600 hospitals rated nationwide. Grades were based on patient-data measures such as medical and medication errors, falls and trauma, very severe pressure sores and preventable complications from surgery; and also scrutiny of procedures and protocols due to strong nursing leadership, hand hygiene policies, and safety-first organizational leadership.
  • April 2014: NorthShore earned an Excellence Award for Sustainability from VHA Inc., the national healthcare network. The "Best in Class" Excellence Award honors NorthShore and the Green Team for its work in creating a comprehensive sustainability program that reduces waste and demonstrates environmental stewardship in the local community. Only six hospitals or healthcare systems nationwide received this VHA recognition.
  • April 2014: NorthShore has been named to the 2014 InformationWeek "Elite 100," a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S. NorthShore was one of just 15 hospitals or health systems nationally to make the list, which includes leading companies in fields ranging from manufacturing to information technology to banking and financial services.
  • April 2014: All four NorthShore hospitals’ Lab Services renewed their gold standard accreditation from the College of American Pathologists, recognizing several areas of excellence including appropriate test utilization; highly integrated policies, procedures and test platforms; excellent quality management system; patient-centered focus to ensure standardized delivery of care; and extremely knowledgeable, well-trained laboratory staff.
  • February 2014: NorthShore Evanston Hospital’s Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes through a consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care.


  • December 2013: NorthShore’s Kellogg Cancer Center received a three-year accreditation with Gold-level commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). The accreditation and commendation underscore NorthShore’s commitment to quality, structured, high-level multidisciplinary cancer care, incorporating all elements necessary to optimize patient outcomes.
  • December 2013: The Leapfrog Group’s “Top Hospitals” 2013 list recognized Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals:
    • Both were among 90 “Top Hospitals” and 55 “Top Urban” Hospitals selected from a field of more than 1,300 for high performance in patient safety and quality  
    • Both were among five Illinois hospitals to earn the designation
  • October 2013: Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie Hospitals earned "A" grades in The Leapfrog Group's semiannual “Hospital Safety Scores” list.  Leapfrog assigns letter grades to patient-data measures that reflect best care protocols, operational efficiency and organizational leadership.
  • October 2013:  Skokie Hospital has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Skokie Hospital joins Evanston, Highland Park and Glenbrook Hospitals in celebrating this important designation.
  • August 2013:  NorthShore ranked 19th overall and #1 in Chicago for “Social Media Friendly Hospitals” from The list included only US News & World Report nationally ranked hospitals and data from multiple social media platforms to calculate a score.
  • July 2013:  U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals survey for 2013:
    • Nationally ranked in Gynecology (#21) and in Gastroenterology (#40)
    • Rated as high-performing in nine other clinical areas
    • Ranked #7 for hospitals in both Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan region
  • July 2013:  Hospitals & Health Networks magazine's 2013 national “Most Wired Survey” recognized NorthShore as a "Most Wired" hospital for the tenth consecutive year.
  • June 2013:  NorthShore's Clinical Engineering Department has received TechNation magazine's "Department of the Year" award. The annual honor recognizes a biomedical or clinical engineering division's exemplary achievements that establish high standards and provide an outstanding example for others in the healthcare industry.
  • May 2013:  The NorthShore Center for Simulation and Innovation (NCSI) has earned the American Society of Anesthesiologists' (ASA) accreditation as a Simulation Education Network Center.  As an ASA-certified center, the NCSI can provide anesthesiologists with the necessary training to satisfy their Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA) requirements.
  • April 2013: NorthShore is the first system in the country to achieve the HIMSS Analytics’ Stage 7 EMR designation for its ambulatory clinics and physicians’ offices. With Stage 7, NS has successfully integrated its pioneering Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to create an environment where paper charts are no longer used to deliver patient care.  HIMSS is the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
  • Feb 2013: Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters)recognized NS as a “100 Top Hospital” and “Top 15 Major Teaching Hospital” for 2013—a record 16 times, more than any hospital in the country.
  • Jan 2013: Healthcare Informatics magazine named NS “Innovator of the Year” for 2013 for a project that harnessed our EMR to screen for and evaluate individuals with previously undetected hypertension.


  • Hospitals & Health Networks magazine's 2012 national “Most Wired Survey” recognized NS as a "Most Wired" hospital, nine years in a row.
  • U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals survey for 2012:
    • Nationally ranked in Gynecology (#31) and in Gastroenterology (#40)
    • Rated as high-performing in nine other clinical areas
    • Ranked #5 for hospitals in both Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan region
    • 1 of 156 hospitals nationwide recognized as a Most Connected Hospital for EMR
  • The Leapfrog Group’s “Top Hospitals” 2012 list recognized Evanston Hospital
    • Evanston was among 67 “Top Hospitals” selected from a field of nearly 1,200 for high performance in patient safety and quality.
    • All four hospitals earned “A” grades in Leapfrog’s 2012 “Hospital Safety Scores.”
  • In September 2012, NS became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network—Mayo’s only collaboration of its kind in the Chicago region with a focus on diagnosing and treating complex conditions in the areas of neurology, cardiology and oncology.
    • Evanston, Glenbrook and Highland Park Hospitals are Joint Commission-certified primary stroke centers—providing acute stroke teams 24/7 for rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  • 2012 VHA Leadership Award for Sustainability Excellence/Community Benefit Excellence—serving community health needs
  • 2012 Advanced Palliative Care Certification from The Joint Commission—NorthShore’s program is one of two in Illinois and one of 16 nationwide to receive this honor
  • 2012 Inpatient Diabetes Care Certificate of Distinction, The Joint Commission
  • 2012 CIO 100 Award—Top 10 Hospital Systems, CIO magazine


  • In 2011, the U.S. government recognized NS as being one of the first in the country to demonstrate “meaningful use” of its EMR technology in a way that translates to improved quality, safety and efficiency for patients. As such, NS received $6 million from the Medicare and Medicaid EMR Incentive Program to expand its use of EMR and medical informatics.
  • In March 2010, NS received Magnet recognition—the first in Illinois designated as a system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care—something only achieved by 6% of hospitals nationwide.
  • In 2009, NS was one of just two health care systems in the U.S. first to receive the Stage 7 Award for full EMR adoption by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Stage 7 is the pinnacle of an environment where paper charts are no longer used to deliver patient care.
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