The University of Chicago Medical Center Ranked One of the Top Chicago-Area Hospitals

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Left to right: Members of the Diabetes Prevention Program: Catherine Desandre, pharmacy case manager; David Ehrmann, MD, professor of diabetes metabolism; and Margie Matulik, RN, BSN, CCRC, CDE, program coordinator. Diabetes and endocrinology and the University of Chicago Medical Center was ranked in the top 30 specialties nationally by U.S.News & World Report.

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By Molly Strzelecki

A new survey from U.S.News & World Report recently ranked the Medical Center as one of the top hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area, which included Chicago, Evanston, Joliet and Naperville. The Medical Center was also recognized as being nationally ranked in three pediatric specialties—neonatology, diabetes and endocrinology, and neurology and neurosurgery—and was also recognized for three high-performing adult specialties, including orthopaedics, psychiatry and rheumatology.

This is the first time that U.S.News & World Report has ranked hospitals grouped in specific metropolitan areas, pulling data from its 2010-11 “Best Hospitals” survey but reanalyzing it for all 52 metro areas with populations of 1 million or more. Hospitals were then ordered by their number of nationally ranked specialties followed by the number of other specialties that ranked nationally in the top 25 percent.

“This type of recognition is great for our team,” Medical Center President Sharon O’Keefe said. “It’s also wonderful to see our outstanding clinical programs highlighted. But it is important to note that achieving this excellence is the result of an interdisciplinary effort. When the Medical Center gains external recognition for our clinical programs, it is recognition for everybody involved.”

In the 2010 “Best Hospitals” survey, U.S.News & World Report recognized the University of Chicago Medical Center in 11 specialties, nine of which scored in the top 30 in the nation, including digestive disorders, cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology, kidney disease, neurology and neurosurgery, heart and heart surgery, urology and geriatrics.

The rankings for the “Best Hospitals” survey are based off a mathematical formula that considers an institution’s reputation based on specialist polls, the ratio between actual and expected mortality, nursing care and other factors such as available technology, patient and community services and procedure volume. The magazine’s next hospital rankings report is expected in July.