National survey places University of Chicago Hospitals in top one percent for most specialties

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July 7, 2006

U.S.News & World Report's 2006 America's Best Hospitals badge

The University of Chicago Hospitals is rated as one of the best in the United States and the highest ranked in Illinois according to U.S.News & World Report in its annual survey of America's 5,189 hospitals.

In the 2006 "Best Hospitals" issue (17 July 2006, on newsstands July 10), the University of Chicago Hospitals is ranked among the best in the country in 11 specialty areas, more than any other Illinois hospital. Two programs, digestive disorders (#6) and cancer (#8), were ranked in the top 10 nationwide.

Five programs were ranked in the top 25, including endocrinology (#13), neurology & neurosurgery (#16), respiratory disorders (#22), orthopedics (#22), and ear, nose & throat (#25). Four other programs--kidney disease (#26), gynecology (#32), urology (#41) and heart & heart surgery (#45)--scored in the top 50.

The rankings are based on a mathematical formula that takes into account (1) the ratio between actual and expected mortality at a hospital; (2) a group of factors such as available technology, patient/community services, procedure volume and nursing care; and (3) each institution's reputation according to a poll of 200 specialists in each field. These specialists are asked to list "the five hospitals they consider best in their specialty for difficult cases, without considering cost or location."

Only 176 of the country's 5,189 hospitals (about three percent) made at least one of the specialty lists. Many of these hospitals are referral centers, the magazine notes. "Their physicians see sicker patients and do greater numbers of tough procedures. They follow, often pioneer, advanced treatment guidelines. They conduct bench-to-bedside research. And they exploit advances in imaging, surgical devices, and other technologies. It's an elite group."

The University of Chicago geriatrics program, home for one of the nation's leading research programs on ethics, end-of-life care, decision-making, and public policy issues, has been ranked in the top 20 ever year since 1993, but the magazine dropped that category for 2006, because it is "oriented more to primary care than to specialized hospital treatment."

The University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine was also the highest ranked medical school in Illinois in U.S.News's "Best Graduate Schools" issue, which came out this spring.

2006 Best Hospitals--U.S.News & World Report

All Ranked Illinois Hospitals

Specialty/Institution UCH NMH RUSH UIC CCH LUMC LG OTHER

Digestive disorders

6

36

30

     

28

43 NCH

Cancer

8

 

35

     

40

37 NCH
45 ENH

Endocrinology

13

 

21

   

24

   

Neurology & Neurosurgery

16

31

12

     

37

41 HIN
42 IH
47 ENH

Respiratory Disorders

22

 

23

       

33 AB
42 SA
46 CMC

Orthopaedics

22

20

6

     

32

43 EH

Ear, Nose, and Throat

25

       

41

47

 

Kidney Disease

26

 

21

         

Gynecology

31

28

40

   

42

 

48 ENH

Urology

41

20

25

   

33

28

 

Heart & Heart Surgery

45

 

29

   

26

 

41 IM

Geriatrics

Category dropped this year

Reputation only:

               

Pediatrics

             

10 CMH

Rheumatology

 

19

           

Psychiatry

               

Ophthalmology

               

Rehabilitation

             

1 RIC

TOTALS UCH NMH RUSH UIC CCH LUMC LG OTHER

Top 10

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

Top 25

7

3

6

0

0

1

0

2

Local Best

5

3

3

0

0

1

0

2

On List

11

6

10

0

0

5

6

14

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

CCH

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

LUMC

Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood)

LG

Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge)

AB

Alexian Brothers Medical Center (Elk Grove Village)

AIM

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

CMC

Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn)

CMH

Children's Memorial Hospital

EH

Edward Hospital (Naperville)

ENH

Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (Evanston)

HIN

Hinsdale Hospital

IH

Ingalls Hospital (Harvey)

NCH

Northwest Community Hospital (Arlington Heights)

RIC

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

SA

St. Alexius Medical Center (Hoffman Estates)