In its annual Best Hospitals rankings, U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized Northwestern Medicine hospitals as leaders in clinical excellence. For the 12th consecutive year, Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll, a select group of only 22 hospitals recognized for their exceptional performance across specialties, procedures and conditions.
“Our rankings reflect the dedication of our outstanding physicians, nurses and staff to the patients they care for and the communities we serve,” said Howard B. Chrisman, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. “It is this shared commitment and focus that allows us to push the boundaries of medical science and provide groundbreaking care, from discovery to delivery, and shape the future of healthcare.”
Other highlights for Northwestern Medicine hospitals in the 2023-24 U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings include:
- In addition to retaining its position on the Honor Roll of Best Hospitals, Northwestern Memorial Hospital was designated number one (tied) in metropolitan Chicago and Illinois. Northwestern Memorial Hospital was also nationally ranked in 11 specialties: Cancer (ranked 18th); Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Surgery (ranked 7th); Diabetes and Endocrinology (ranked 5th); Ear, Nose and Throat (ranked 32nd, tied); Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (ranked 9th); Geriatrics (ranked 9th); Neurology and Neurosurgery (ranked 10th); Obstetrics and Gynecology (ranked 17th); Orthopaedics (ranked 19th); Pulmonology and Lung Surgery (ranked 18th); and Urology (ranked 11th). Northwestern Memorial Hospital was also recognized as “High Performing” in 19 procedures and conditions.
- Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital was ranked 8th in both Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area. Central DuPage was designated as “High Performing” in three specialties: Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Orthopaedics; and Pulmonology and Lung Surgery. The hospital was recognized as “High Performing” in 14 procedures and conditions.
- Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital was tied at 10th in both Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area. The hospital was nationally ranked in three specialties and designated as “High Performing” in three specialties: Geriatrics (ranked 43rd, tie); Neurology and Neurosurgery (ranked 34th); Pulmonology and Lung Surgery (ranked 49th); Diabetes and Endocrinology; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; and Orthopaedics. The hospital was recognized as “High Performing” in four procedures and conditions.
- Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital combined were ranked 12th in both Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area. The hospitals were designated as “High Performing” in three specialties: Geriatrics; Pulmonology and Lung Surgery; and Urology. The hospitals were recognized as “High Performing” in 10 procedures and conditions.
- Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital was tied at 14th in Illinois and tied at 13th in the Chicago metropolitan area. Palos Hospital was also recognized as “High Performing” in nine procedures and conditions.
- Northwestern Medicine Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the first time with a national ranking of 35th for Rehabilitation.
- Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital was designated as “High Performing” in one specialty: Orthopaedics. Delnor Hospital was also recognized as “High Performing” in six procedures and conditions.
- Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital was recognized as “High Performing” in three procedures and conditions.
For the first time, U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll hospitals will not receive a national numerical ranking. Instead, all hospitals selected for the Honor Roll will be designated as number one in both their state and regional rankings. In states and regions with more than one Honor Roll hospital, such as Illinois, the number one designation will be shared. Hospitals that are not on the Honor Roll will continue to be ranked within their state and metropolitan area.
AbilityLab and Lurie Children’s Receive High Marks
Meanwhile, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (previously known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) continues to be recognized as the national leader in Rehabilitation, topping the U.S. News list for 33 consecutive years. The AbilityLab is the only hospital of its kind to hold this distinction.
Earlier this summer, U.S. News placed Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as the top children’s hospital in Illinois, and seventh in the region (in the region that includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky) and ranked nine of its specialties in the top 25 nationally: neurology and neurosurgery at tenth, neonatology at 12th, urology at 12th, gastroenterology and GI Surgery at 13th, nephrology at 14th, cancer at 17th, diabetes and endocrinology at 17th, pulmonology and lung surgery at 19th, and cardiology and heart surgery at 23rd.