(CHICAGO) — Rush University Medical Center has once again been named one of the nation’s top hospitals, according to the upcoming issue of U.S. News & World Report. Rush is ranked in nine of 16 categories included in the magazine’s 2013-14 America’s Best Hospitals issue, which will be on sale Aug. 27, and is the second-ranked hospital in Illinois overall.
Just 147 of the approximately 5,000 hospitals in the United States — approximately 3 percent — scored high enough this year to rank in even one specialty nationally by U.S. News.
Rush’s ranked programs are orthopedics (No. 10 in the country); geriatrics (No. 12); neurology and neurosurgery (No. 16); urology (No. 25); heart and heart surgery (No. 28); nephrology (No. 30); diabetes and endocrinology (No. 35); pulmonology (No. 37); and gastroenterology (No. 41).
U.S. News also noted that the following Rush specialty services are “high-performing”: cancer; ear, nose and throat; gynecology; and psychiatry. Also, in June U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list ranked Rush Children’s Hospital 40th in the country in gastroenterology.
“Rush continues to do great work in a broad spectrum of categories, and these rankings are representative of the outstanding quality of care provided at Rush,” said Dr. Larry J. Goodman, CEO, Rush University Medical Center. “Rush has earned its place among the top academic medical centers in America.”
Now in its 24th year, the America’s Best Hospitals guide is its most extensive hospital ranking to date. U.S. News says that the purpose of the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue is to help “guide patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care. They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties — death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, accounting for nearly one-third of the specialty scores.