Northwestern Memorial Among America's Best Hospitals in 12 Clinical Specialties According to U.S. News' 2010 Rankings
The hospital is the highest-rated Illinois hospital in six clinical areas
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is rated in 12 clinical specialties — six of which make it the highest ranked in Illinois — as part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 America’s Best Hospitals issue. This year, editorial staff for the authoritative and influential guide evaluated 4,852 medical centers nationwide and 152 were chosen and ranked according to the Top 50 programs in 16 clinical areas.
The 16 specialties include cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology and urology. Northwestern Memorial is rated in the following 12 specialties: cancer (27), diabetes and endocrine disorders (23), digestive disorders (22), ear, nose and throat (27), geriatric care (27), gynecology(14), heart and heart surgery (14), kidney disorders (34), neurology and neurosurgery (13), orthopaedics (22), rheumatology (16) and urology (26). Rankings in the areas of ear, nose and throat, gynecology, heart, neurosciences, rheumatology, and urology are the highest achieved by an Illinois hospital as rated by the U.S. News guide.
The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties--ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology--hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.
To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of important medical technology.
Next, the hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty. A hospital that fell short could still qualify if it had been nominated by at least one physician in any of the U.S. News Best Hospitals reputational surveys conducted in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
To view the listings, visit www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The rankings will also be featured in the August print issue of U.S. News, available on newsstands July 27.
Kris Lathan, Director
Northwestern Memorial Hospital