National survey again names University of Chicago Hospitals as one of best in U.S.

Only Illinois hospital to make the list

July 22, 2002

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Chicago Hospitals has been selected as one of the 17 best hospitals in the United States by U.S.News & World Report in its annual survey of America's 6,045 hospitals.

In the 2002 Best Hospitals issue (22 July 2002), the University of Chicago Hospitals ranked 14th nationally overall and were ranked among the best in 11 specialty areas.

The University of Chicago Hospitals programs that ranked in the top ten include cancer (#6), gastroenterology (#6) and orthopedics (#10).

2002 U.S. News Seal

Others in the top 20 include geriatrics (#11), hormonal disorders (#14), respiratory disorders (#17), gynecology (#19), and kidney disease (#20). Four other programs -- rheumatology (#22), ear-nose-and-throat (#35), urology (#38) and neurology and neurosurgery (#39) -- scored in the top 50.

The University of Chicago is the only Illinois hospital ever included in the survey's Honor Roll of the Best Hospitals in the United States. They have also won the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation (NRC) for the last three years, which recognizes hospitals whose patients say they have the best doctors, best nurses, best overall quality and best image and reputation.

The U.S.News and World Report rankings are based on a mathematical formula that takes into account each institution's reputation according to a poll of 150 specialists in each field, the ratio between actual and expected mortality at the hospital, and a group of factors such as available technology, procedure volume and nursing care.

Best Hospitals--U.S.News & World Report

July 22, 2002

Chicago area hospitals that were ranked in the top 50:

Specialty/Institution UCH NMH RUSH UIC CCH LUMC LG OTHER

Cancer

6

33

-

-

49

37

44

-

Digestive disorders

6

42

-

-

-

32

29

RNS-48

Orthopaedics

10

22

15

-

-

-

37

ENHC-50

Geriatrics

11

30

16

-

29

-

39

-

Hormonal disorders

14

13

-

-

-

-

-

-

Respiratory disorders

17

-

-

-

28

-

41

SJHHC-45

Gynecology

19

13

33

-

48

-

-

-

Kidney disease

20

42

25

-

-

-

-

-

Rheumatology

22

35

-

-

-

-

49

RIC-29
MRHC-36

Ear, nose, & throat

35

24

32

45

-

-

40

-

Urology

38

19

-

-

-

44

-

-

Neurology and neurosurgery

39

22

45

25

-

-

49

IH-41

Heart and heart surgery

-

-

-

-

-

-

35

-

Psychiatry

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Pediatrics

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

CMH-10

Ophthalmology

-

-

-

17

-

-

-

-

Rehabilitation

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

RIC-1

TOTALS UCH NMH RUSH UIC CCH LUMC LG OTHER

TOP 10

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

TOP 20

8

3

2

1

0

0

0

2

LOCAL BEST

7

5

0

1

0

0

1

2

Key to Illinois Hospitals:

UCH University of Chicago Hospitals

NMH

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

RUSH

Rush University Medical Center

UIC

University of Illinois Hospitals and Clinics

CMH

Cook County Hospital

LUMC

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood)

LG

Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge)

CMH

Children's Memorial Hospital

RIC

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

RNS

Rush North Shore (Skokie)

ENHC

Evanston Northwestern Health Care (Evanston)

SJHHC

St. James Hospital and Health Care (Chicago Heights)

MRHC

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and Clinics (Wheaton)

IH

Ingalls Hospital (Harvey)