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Northwestern Memorial Named one of the Nation's Top 100 Hospitals

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March 26, 2010

Chicago -

Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation's best hospitals and top teaching institutions by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks Study, one of the country's leading healthcare reports.

The study compares the overall performance of hospitals by evaluating nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates. Thomson Reuters evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals and used public information – Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data set – to formulate results.

Hospitals honored, provide the highest quality care in the most efficient manner, maintain top financial stability, and elicit the highest patient perception of care. This year’s best hospitals are setting new standards compared to similar hospitals. According to Thomson Reuters, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as patients treated in the winning hospitals:

More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year
About 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually
Expenses would decline by $5.5 billion a year
The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day

In addition to making the Top Hospitals list, Northwestern Memorial was presented with a 2009 Everest Award, an award presented to an elite group of hospitals which received the highest level of accomplishment on the national Balanced Scorecard and have the fastest rates of long-term improvement.

For a full list of the award winners, visit: http://www.100tophospitals.com/top-national-hospitals/.

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Angela Salerno
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Media Relations

Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011