For the first time in its history, Rush University Medical Center has earned a top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals Honor Roll.
This year, Rush University Medical Center holds the 17th spot among the nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated, with 11 Rush programs ranked among the nation’s best. Fewer than 5% of U.S. hospitals receive high enough scores to rank nationally in even one specialty.
“This recognition confirms everything our patients, staff and steadfast supporters have known for years about the Medical Center’s extraordinary clinical care,” said Dr. Omar Lateef, CEO of Rush University Medical Center. “We feel a special satisfaction in being acknowledged in this of all years, as our unrivaled staff continues to prove its mettle during one of the most challenging periods in our institution’s history.”
The Medical Center’s appearance at No. 17 in the annual ranking reflects excellence in data reporting and risk-adjusted clinical outcomes as assessed by U.S. News.
Two Medical Center services, neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics, are in the top five nationwide, and three are the highest-ranked programs in Illinois. Neurology and neurosurgery are top-ranked in the Midwest.
The following are the Medical Center’s ranked programs:
- Neurology and Neurosurgery — 4th (No. 1 in Illinois)
- Orthopedics — 5th (No. 1 in Illinois)
- Nephrology — 11th (No. 1 in Illinois)
- Gynecology — 13th
- Geriatrics — 14th (tie)
- Pulmonary Care and Lung Surgery — 30th
- Gastroenterology and GI Surgery — 31st
- Cardiology — 34th
- Diabetes and Endocrinology — 42nd
- Ear, Nose and Throat — 47th
- Cancer — 48th
Two Rush University System for Health hospitals also were recognized as high performing for specific procedures and conditions that U.S. News evaluates. Rush University Medical Center was rated high performing for aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery, and Rush Copley Medical Center is rated high performing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, knee replacement and heart failure.
“We owe thanks to the exceptional physicians, nurses, other care providers and everyone working in every area at Rush for all that they do to deliver the highest level of compassionate care to our patients and their families, day in and day out, year after year,” said Dr. Ranga Krishnan, CEO of Rush University System for Health.
“As great an achievement as it is to be an honor roll institution, we will never lose sight of what truly matters,” added Lateef. “Different hospital ratings systems use different methodologies, and those methodologies often change. What doesn’t change is our commitment together to uphold our mission by providing exceptional care that produces outstanding results for our patients and for our community.”
To read more about this year’s rankings, go to U.S. News Best Hospitals. U.S. News rankings are the latest in steady stream of honors for Rush hospitals. Learn more about Rush recognition and accreditations..
About Rush University System for Health
Rush University System for Health (RUSH) brings together the brightest minds in medicine, research and academics. Driven by discovery, innovation and a deep responsibility for the health of our communities, RUSH is a national leader in outstanding patient care, education, research, community partnerships and empowering a new generation of health care providers.
RUSH comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as an extensive providers network and numerous outpatient care facilities. The Medical Center was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Vizient and named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group.