Neurological & Orthopedic Hospital Ranked No. 1 in Illinois, Among Top 5% in Nation for Spine Surgery

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A new hospital quality study from HealthGrades finds the Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago highly ranked for a number of criteria. The most notable honors are for spine surgery excellence, back and neck surgery, spinal fusion, and total knee replacement.

For the second year in a row, the Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago (NOHC) has been ranked No. 1 in Illinois and is among the top five percent in the country for spine surgery. That is according to the Eleventh Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study. Research analyzed patient outcomes at all of the nation's hospitals over the past three years. The study also concluded that NOHC is:

  •     A recipient of the HealthGrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award two years in a row
  •     The only hospital in Illinois to receive the Spine Surgery Excellence Award two years in a row
  •     Five-star rated for spine surgery two years in a row
  •     Five-star rated for back and neck surgery three years in a row
  •     Five-star rated for spinal fusion two years in a row
  •     Five-star rated for total knee replacement in 2009

In developing its 2009 healthcare quality ratings, released yesterday, HealthGrades analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation's approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.

As part of the nation's most comprehensive, independent analysis of hospital quality, HealthGrades found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals for nine common procedures are 47 percent less likely to experience a major complication, such as post-operative infections or heart conditions, which can lengthen their hospital stay and increase costs. According to the study, if all Medicare patients had been treated at top-performing hospitals, like the Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago, compared to the lowest-performing hospitals during 2005-07, more than 123,000 major complications potentially could have been avoided.

"The study confirmed what we already know," says Dr. Leonard Cerullo, Medical Director of NOHC. "We have some of the finest spine surgeons and spinal care clinicians in the nation. In fact, only 52 hospitals in the country have been recognized as being in the top 5%, and we were one of them. To be the only hospital in Illinois is an even greater honor."

About Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital Of Chicago:
The Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital of Chicago is the country's only freestanding acute care facility dedicated exclusively to neuroscience and orthopedic services. During 2007, more than 2,000 neurosurgical and orthopedic surgeries were performed at NOHC. The brain and spinal fusion surgeries at NOHC have been acknowledged by many of Chicago's well-respected insurance companies as having the fewest complications. A similar level of excellence is seen on the orthopedics side of the hospital. The total joint program at NOHC boasts one of the lowest infection rates of any hospital in the nation.

NOHC is located at 4501 N. Winchester Street in Chicago. For more information on NOHC, log on to


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