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Northwestern Cardiology and Heart Surgery 12th among U.S. News' Best Hospitals

Northwestern Cardiology and Heart Surgery 12th among U.S. News' Best Hospitals

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute climbs five places to 12th in the nation on the cardiovascular specialty ranking

CHICAGO, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwestern Memorial Hospital today announced that the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, its cardiology and heart surgery program, ranked 12th in the country on the 2013-14 Best Hospitals ranking for cardiology and heart surgery. U.S. News & World Report released these Top Hospitals rankings on Tuesday, July 16. For the third consecutive year, the program ranks as Illinois' highest-rated cardiovascular care program.

"Our focus is to be the nation's best heart program," said Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern Memorial's chief of cardiac surgery, and the Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "I am very proud of all the hard work that has brought us ever closer to this goal. This is a rewarding achievement and it represents the collective effort of so many who work tirelessly serving patients."

The rankings were driven by data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. To be considered in the ranked specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of important medical technology. Next, hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty.

"This recognition is both humbling and rewarding," added Clyde W. Yancy, MD, associate director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, Northwestern Memorial's chief of cardiology, and Magerstadt Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "It is illustrative of the incredible commitment of many and our unwavering dedication to all of the patients we're so privileged to serve."

The Bluhm Institute treats cardiac patients at both Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. Northwestern Memorial climbed six places to 6th in the nation on the publisher's most exclusive ranking: the Best Hospitals 2013-14 Honor Roll. Northwestern Memorial is the only hospital in Illinois to make this prestigious ranking, and continues its placements as No. 1 in Illinois and the Chicago metro area, rankings the hospital has held since U.S. News introduced its state and local rankings two years ago. Northwestern Memorial is recognized in 14 of 16 specialties rated by U.S. News—five of which are top 10 placements.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital ranked No. 21 in Illinois, No. 20 in the Chicago metro rankings, and was noted as high-performing in the categories of gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, and orthopaedics. These placements make it the highest rated hospital in Lake County to be recognized by U.S. News.

For more information about Northwestern's Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, visit www.heart.nmh.org. To schedule an appointment, please call 312-926-0779.

About Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is the parent corporation of Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an 894-bed academic medical center hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, a 201-bed community hospital located in Lake Forest, Illinois. 

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country's premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Along with its Prentice Women's Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital has 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees.  Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women's health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.

Northwestern Memorial has nursing Magnet Status, the nation's highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. Northwestern Memorial ranks 6th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals. The hospital is recognized in 14 of 16 clinical specialties rated by U.S. News and is No. 1 in Illinois and Chicago in U.S. News' 2013-14 state and metro rankings, respectively. For 13 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation's annual survey for 13 years. 

About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, and provides outpatient services at 8 convenient locations throughout Lake and northern Cook counties.  Northwestern Lake Forest is ranked among Illinois' top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2013-14 and is recognized in 5 clinical specialties.  The hospital has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties by National Research Corporation's annual survey for 8 years.  The hospital's Radiation Oncology program is the only program accredited by the American College of Radiology in Lake County.  Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country's highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine.  For more information, visit lfh.org.

SOURCE Northwestern Memorial Hospital



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