NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) was recognized as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. NorthShore has been named to the list 16 times, more than any hospital in the country during the award's 20-year history.
The award recognizes hospitals that have effectively confronted challenges in the face of a demanding industry, while still setting national benchmarks for their peers.
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"We are extraordinarily pleased to have received this prestigious national honor and to do so more times than any healthcare system in the country," said Mark Neaman, President and CEO, NorthShore University HealthSystem. "This milestone is a stunning testament to our physicians and staff and the work they collectively undertake to deliver quality outcomes and exceptional experiences for the patients we serve."
The 100 Top Hospitals study evaluated 2,922 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals. The study used public information to evaluate performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.
"The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have brought even higher value to their local communities - better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. "The key to success in a tumultuous environment is maintaining a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to administration to adopting new technologies and techniques."
Some of the proactive, tangible steps NorthShore has taken to display a system-wide culture of excellence include incorporating comprehensive electronic medical record and data informatics systems to help standardize best evidence-based clinical practices into effective and efficient patient care delivery plans. In addition, NorthShore became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network last year--Mayo's only collaboration of its kind in the Chicago region--further strengthening NorthShore's commitment to high efficiency and superior care.
More information on this study is available at www.100tophospitals.com
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About NorthShore University HealthSystem
Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park and Skokie. NorthShore employs approximately 10,000 and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including an 800+ physician, multispecialty group practice with over 100 office locations. Further, NorthShore supports teaching and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
The NorthShore Research Institute focuses on clinical and translational research, including leadership in clinical trials and medical informatics. The NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation is the primary philanthropic entity of NorthShore. The Foundation raises charitable contributions and engages volunteer friends in support of NorthShore's ongoing mission to preserve and improve human life.
NorthShore has significant capabilities in a wide spectrum of clinical programs, including Kellogg Cancer Center, NorthShore Neurological Institute, cardiovascular care, orthopaedics, high-risk maternity and pediatrics. NorthShore is a Magnet recognized organization, the first in Illinois designated as a system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing and high standards in patient care. NorthShore is a national leader in the implementation of innovative technologies, including electronic medical records (EMR). In 2003, NorthShore was among the first in the country to successfully launch a system-wide EMR with demonstrable benefits in quality, safety, efficiency and service to patients. NorthShore has been recognized by multiple national organizations for this notable achievement.