Northwestern ranked Illinois' top hospital, according to US News

Northwestern ranked Illinois' top hospital, according to US News

While many publications and websites now rank hospitals, U.S. News' annual rankings are considered to be among the more credible ones because it draws on a wide variety of generally reliable and rigorous data.

For the 23rd straight year, U.S. News ranked the Clinic the No. 1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery.

The medical center also performed well in a number of specialty rankings, securing a Top 50 placement in five specialties. The Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 2, followed by Johns Hopkins Hospital at No. 3, up from No. 4 previous year.

The company changed its methodology to lean less on a hospital's reputation and more on hard numbers last year - the same year the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced its five-star rating system based on data alone.

In a statement, Dean M. Harrison, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, attributed his system's success in the rankings to a mission that includes putting patients first and a "culture of excellence".

This year US news evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals.

Hershey Medical Center in Dauphin County ranked fourth statewide, making the national ranking in two adult specialties and four children's specialties, and recognized as high-performing in eight procedures or conditions.

Out of almost 4,700 hospitals reviewed, The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked #1 in Maryland and #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Reports 2017–18 Best Hospitals list.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital is on its way back to the top, and Maryland is setting the bar for better patient care statewide.

Though consumer advocates say hospital rankings can be helpful for patients, many criticize rankings for not painting a full picture of hospitals' successes and challenges.

"We see this as an affirmation of the work that we've done", Shelton said.

Neither hospital made it to U.S. News' national rankings of a dozen adult specialty programs, including cardiology, neurology and rheumatology.

The Mount Sinai Hospital received Top 20 rankings in the following specialties: Cardiology/Heart Surgery (No. 9), Diabetes/Endocrinology (No. 19), Gastroenterology/GI Surgery (No. 8), Geriatrics (No. 3), Gynecology (No. 23), which went from a "high performing" specialty to its current rank, Nephrology (No. 10), and Neurology/Neurosurgery (No. 16). In addition, the rankings used information on death rates for patients who represent especially challenging cases and patient safety.

Despite the abundance of medical rankings, those submitted by U.S. News are known to carry a lot of weight, he said, because of how thorough and long-running they are.

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