U.S. News Ranks Advocate Christ Medical Center Among Top Hospitals Nationally

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Advocate Christ Medical Center, the Illinois' leader for open heart surgery, has been recognized as being among the top hospitals in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery, and for geriatric medicine, according to the “Best Hospitals 2012-13” rankings released July 17 by U.S. News and World Report. Fewer than 150 of the estimated 5,000 hospitals in the country achieved national ranking in at least one of 16 clinical specialties measured by the publication.

The recognition accorded us as a leader among hospitals in the state and nation affirms that we are moving in the right direction

Advocate Christ Medical Center, the state’s leader for open heart surgery, has been recognized as being among the top hospitals in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery, and for geriatric medicine, according to the “Best Hospitals 2012-13” rankings released today (July 17) by U.S. News and World Report. Fewer than 150 of the estimated 5,000 hospitals in the country achieved national ranking in at least one of 16 clinical specialties measured by the publication.

The medical center also was rated fourth overall among hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area and the entire state of Illinois and cited as a “high performer” in 10 other clinical areas: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders; gastroenterology; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.

Details regarding the 23rd annual edition of the U.S. News hospital rankings are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals. The rankings also will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2013” guidebook.

“We have more than 1,000 physicians and nearly 6,000 associates working together every day to ensure our patients receive the very best in clinical quality and compassionate care. Their amazing passion for excellence and commitment to our ministry of healing have truly made a difference in the lives of the thousands of patients whom we serve every day. They are why our medical center is now listed among the nation’s very best major teaching hospitals in terms of health outcomes, patient satisfaction and overall quality,” said Ken Lukhard, president of Christ Medical Center.

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

In determining this year’s best hospitals, U.S. News reported greater dependence on objective, clinical measures, such as patient outcomes, mortality, procedure volume and processes of care, and reduced emphasis on “reputation” among peer groups of physicians

The announcement of the U.S. News rankings follows Christ Medical Center’s selection earlier this year to Thomson Reuters 2012 list of 100 Top Hospitals® and its recognition as a top performing hospital in the ACS MIDAS+ Platinum Quality Award Program. ACS MIDAS+, a national health-care outcomes, resources and case management system, considers hospital performance in treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients; surgical care and prevention of postoperative infections; acute care hospital readmission rates; patient length of stay; mortality rates; and other significant outcomes measures.

“As an organization, we have moved to real-time clinical monitoring of our patients. We are able to respond quickly to patient alerts and ensure the delivery of safe, appropriate and effective care. We also have launched some innovative programs to reduce length of stay and cut 30-day hospital readmission rates,” said William Adair MD, vice president for clinical transformation at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

He was referring to such initiatives as the medical center’s partnership with Chicago area nursing homes to ensure development of a transition of care plan for every patient being transferred to long-term care and the visits of nurse coaches to the homes of pre-identified patients to ensure their understanding of and adherence to health care instructions following hospital discharge.

“The path to excellence is not easy,” Dr. Adair added. “As a quaternary/tertiary-care medical center, we are constantly challenged by the volume of patients needing care and the complexity of their illnesses and injuries. However, the recognition accorded us as a leader among hospitals in the state and nation affirms that we are moving in the right direction, that our commitment to providing the very best in care is proving to be a successful one.”

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