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NorthShore University HealthSystem Highly Rated in Several Specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s Annual Best Hospitals Rankings

7/17/2012 - NorthShore University HealthSystem is nationally ranked in two specialties and rated as high performing in nine others, according to results from 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, and a total of fewer than 150 hospitals received at least one national ranking.

“We are naturally delighted to, once again, be recognized in the U.S. News & World Report rankings,” said Mark Neaman, President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthShore. “Our strong national and regional results affirm NorthShore’s commitment to being a comprehensive system of care led by our preeminent physician expertise.”

NorthShore was nationally ranked in Gynecology (#31) and Gastroenterology (#40), and rated as high-performing in:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

In addition, NorthShore is #5 in a ranking of hospitals in both Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan region, according to the survey. NorthShore was also one of 156 hospitals nationwide recognized by U.S. News as a Most Connected Hospital for leading the way in the adoption of electronic medical records (EMR).

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. They are based on hard numbers in most specialties - death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.