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NorthShore University HealthSystem Named One of the Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

Prestigious Honor for the 14th time, more than any hospital in the U.S.
3/29/2010 – NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. NorthShore has been named a Top 100 Hospital fourteen times, more times than any hospital in the United States.

The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance and operational efficiency.

“We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the milestone of being the only healthcare system in the country to receive the Top 100 Hospitals recognition a record 14 times,” said Mark Neaman, President and Chief Executive Officer, NorthShore University HealthSystem. “All NorthShore physicians and staff share in this award, for focusing on the delivery of exceptional quality outcomes to the patients we are privileged to serve.”

The winners were identified through an in-depth analysis, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study. The study evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care and non-federal U.S. hospitals in ten areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates.

“This year’s study magnified the value that 100 Top Hospital award winners provide to their communities,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. “The insistence of these hospitals’ leaders – their boards, executive teams and medical staffs – on overall excellence makes the difference.”

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the winning hospitals:
•    More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year.
•    About 198,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
•    Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year.
•    The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at