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Advocate named among nation's top health systems

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For a 5th time, Oak Brook-based Advocate Health Care is being recognized as one of the nation's premier health systems by Truven Health Analytics.

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Advocate is the only health system in Illinois to make Truven's annual list of the 15 Top Health Systems.

Each health system that made the Truven list received top nods for clinical performance. The annual study uses independent resources and public data to gauge hospital performance in terms of clinical quality and efficiency.

Specifically, Truven looked at how the top 15 outperformed their peers in saving more lives, maintaining the highest industry standards of care and overall patient satisfaction among other measurements.

"We are honored to be included on this prestigious list," said Advocate President and CEO Jim Skogsbergh. "The recognition is really a testament to the dedication and commitment of our physicians, clinicians and staff who provide the safest and highest quality of care to those we are privileged to serve every day."

As the largest health system in Illinois and one the largest in the Midwest, Advocate has also garnered national recognition for its highly successful Accountable Care Organization model, AdvocateCare.

"We've made substantial investments in improving coordinated care for our patients," said Lee Sacks, MD, Advocate's executive vice president and chief medical officer. "Our goal is to reduce waste and inefficiencies in the system but still deliver the safest and best health outcomes for our patients. By doing this successfully, we not only benefit the patients in our AdvocateCare model, we also help U.S. taxpayers, too."

The Truven honor also comes on the heels of Advocate being named among the top 100 integrated hospital networks by the Connecticut-based IMS Health. Additionally, Truven recently named four Advocate hospitals; Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Chicago's North Side and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove among the top 100 hospitals in the country.

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