Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the best in the state for the fifth year in a row and among the top 10 in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday.
U.S. News ranked Rush University Medical Center, also in Chicago, second in the state. University of Chicago Medical Center earned third place.
U.S. News ranks hospitals based on a variety of measures, including hospitals’ reputations with specialists, patient survival, safety and other care-related issues such as nurse staffing.
“This is an achievement that further distinguishes Northwestern Medicine as Chicago’s premier academic health system and reaffirms our commitment to providing world-class healthcare to our patients,” Northwestern Memorial HealthCare CEO Dean Harrison said in a news release.
U.S. News designated Northwestern as high-performing in nine procedures, including heart bypass surgery, knee replacement and hip replacement. Northwestern also ranked sixth in the country for cardiology and heart surgery, orthopedics and neonatology. It earned the eighth spot in the country on U.S. News’ Honor Roll, a list of the top 20 hospitals in the nation, based on specialty rankings and ratings for procedures and conditions.
Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn was ranked fourth in the state, and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood took fifth place.
Nationwide, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., took top honors, followed by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The U.S. News and World Report rankings were released less than a week after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services unveiled its own hospitals ratings. Those ratings awarded hospitals one to five stars based on 64 quality measures. Northwestern received an overall rating of three stars, which was the most common rating across the country.
Rush received four stars, and University of Chicago Medical Center got three stars.
Critics of hospital ratings say they don’t paint a full picture of a hospital’s performance, and they question their usefulness to consumers.
U.S. News produced the ratings with research organization RTI International.
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