ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 16, 2013) -- Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in the state for 2013-2014 by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, NCH is listed as "high performing" in 10 specialty areas. This annual ranking of Best Hospitals recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This year marks the third consecutive year that NCH has been ranked by U.S. News.
"At NCH, we are extremely proud of the quality of care we provide to our community," said Stephen Scogna, president and CEO of NCH. "To be recognized as a top hospital in both the Chicago metropolitan area and the state of Illinois is a testament to the dedication of our hospital staff and the physicians who practice here."
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NCH is listed as high-ranking in the specialty areas of cancer, ear/nose/throat, gastroenterology/GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation's top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.
"A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region's best. Just three percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty."
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels, and other data largely determine the rankings in most specialties.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.
The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 Guidebook on August 27.
About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)
Serving Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group's designation as one of the nation's Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit www.nch.org.
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