Advocate Health Care Hospitals Ranked Among Region’s Best by U.S. News

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Advocate Health Care hospitals are among the best in Chicago and Illinois according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-2012 Best Hospital’s Ranking. Four Advocate hospitals were ranked among the top 20 hospitals in the Chicago metro area including Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Chicago’s North Side, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Christ Medical Center also ranked nationally among the top 50 hospitals in cardiology/ heart surgery and geriatrics.

"We are proud to be named among the area's best hospitals, but we are even more proud that our patients trust us deliver excellent medical care," said Jim Skogsbergh, president and chief executive officer of Advocate Health Care.

Advocate Health Care hospitals are among the best in Chicago and Illinois according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-2012 Best Hospital’s Ranking. Four Advocate hospitals were ranked among the top 20 hospitals in the Chicago metro area including Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Chicago’s North Side, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. Christ Medical Center also ranked nationally among the top 50 hospitals in cardiology/ heart surgery and geriatrics.

"We are proud to be named among the area's best hospitals, but we are even more proud that our patients trust us deliver excellent medical care," said Jim Skogsbergh, president and chief executive officer of Advocate Health Care. "This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians and associates who go above and beyond to meet the needs of the patients and communities we serve."

Across Advocate, a total of five hospitals were recognized for top performance in a number of specialties including:

  •     Condell Medical Center – urology
  •     Christ Medical Center— cancer, nephrology, neurology, bone and joint care
  •     Illinois Masonic Medical Center— cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes, endocrinology, cancer
  •     Good Samaritan Hospital — cancer, gynecology, geriatrics, gastroenterology
  •     Lutheran General Hospital cancer, ear, nose and throat, orthopedics, gynecology and urology

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.” Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.

Last year, U.S. News introduced rankings in major metropolitan areas of at least 1 million residents, giving consumers a way to compare these hospitals to neighboring institutions. This year, state rankings have been introduced to aid patients that do not live in or near a major metropolis.

About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care, one of the nation’s top health systems based on clinical performance, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children’s hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma care) and two Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home health care companies and one of the region’s largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more than 2,000 residents, medical students and fellows at its three major teaching hospitals. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2011.

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