National survey again names UCH as one of the best U.S. hospitals

Only Illinois hospital to make the list

July 17, 2003

For the seventh year in a row, the University of Chicago Hospitals has been selected as one of the best hospitals in the United States by U.S.News & World Report in its annual survey of America's 6,003 hospitals.

In the 2003 Best Hospitals issue (28 July 2003), the University of Chicago Hospitals ranked 14th nationally overall and were ranked among the best in 12 specialty areas.

The University of Chicago Hospitals programs in cancer (#6) and gastroenterology (#6) were ranked in the top ten nationwide.

2003 Best Hospitals Seal

Seven other programs were ranked in the top 20, including geriatrics (#12), hormonal disorders (#15), neurology & neurosurgery (#15), rheumatology (#17), respiratory disorders (#19), kidney disease (#19) and gynecology (#19). Three other programs -- orthopedics (#23), cardiology & cardiac surgery (#30) and ear-nose-and-throat (#31) -- scored in the top 40.

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.

The U.S.News & 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 28, 2003

Chicago area hospitals that were ranked in the top 50:

Specialty/Institution UCH NMH RUSH UIC LUMC LG OTHER

Cancer

6

32

-

-

-

-

-

Digestive disorders

6

23

-

-

28

34

-

Geriatrics

12

31

17

-

38

39

IH-43

Neurology and Neurosurgery

15

45

31

20

-

44

IH-28
ENHC-29

Hormonal disorders

15

14

-

-

42

-

ENHC-33

Rheumatology disorders

17

26

-

-

-

46

RIC-33
IH-47
MRHC-50

Respiratory disorders

19

-

-

-

-

-

SJHHC-45

Gynecology

19

17

48

-

-

-

-

Kidney disease

19

37

22

-

-

-

-

Orthopaedics

23

20

11

-

39

44

ENHC-43

Heart and heart surgery

30

43

-

-

28

-

-

Ear, nose, & throat

31

23

48

43

28

47

ENHC-43

Urology

-

17

-

-

-

-

-

Psychiatry

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Pediatrics

-

-

-

-

-

-

CMH-11

Ophthalmology

-

-

-

19

-

-

-

Rehabilitation

-

-

-

-

-

-

RIC-1

TOTALS UCH NMH RUSH UIC LUMC LG OTHER

TOP 10

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

TOP 20

9

4

2

2

0

0

2

LOCAL BEST

7

4

1

1

1

0

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

LUMC

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood)

LG

Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge)

CMH

Children's Memorial Hospital

RIC

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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)