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Northwestern Memorial Among America's Best Hospitals in 10 Clinical Specialties According to U.S. News' 2008 Rankings

The hospital is the highest-rated Illinois hospital in six clinical areas

CHICAGO, July 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwestern Memorial Hospital is rated in 10 clinical specialties -- six of which make it the highest-ranked in Illinois -- as part of U.S. News & World Report's 2008 America's Best Hospitals issue. This year, editorial staff for the authoritative and influential guide evaluated 5,453 medical centers nationwide and 170 were chosen and ranked according to the Top 50 programs in 16 clinical areas.

The 16 specialties include cancer; gastroenterology; ear, nose, and throat; endocrinology; geriatric care; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disease; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopaedics; psychiatry; rehabilitation; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; and urology. Northwestern Memorial is rated in the following 10 specialties: cancer (31), geriatrics (17), gynecology (18), heart (19), endocrinology (18), kidney disease (46), neuro (11), orthopaedics (21), rheumatology (13) and urology (20). Rankings in the areas of geriatrics, gynecology, heart, neurosciences, rheumatology, and urology are the highest achieved by an Illinois hospital as rated by the U.S. News guide.

In 12 of the 16 specialties, the rankings weigh three elements equally: reputation, death rate, and a set of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals have to pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a "Best Hospital":

1. The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked at all by requiring that any of three conditions be met -- to be a teaching hospital, to be affiliated with a teaching hospital, or to have at least six important medical technologies from a defined list of 13.

2. The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume in certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated in our yearly specialist survey.

3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.

In the four other specialties -- ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology -- ranking is based solely on reputation, derived from the three most recent physician surveys.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the country's premier academic medical centers 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 comprises 897 beds, 1,424 affiliated physicians and 6,464 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 possesses nursing Magnet Status, the nation's highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence, and it is listed in 10 clinical specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 "America's Best Hospitals" guide. For seven years running, it has been rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a repeat recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and for more than a decade has been chosen by Chicagoans as their "most preferred hospital" according to the National Research Corporation's annual survey.

About the U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis which includes U.S.News & World Report magazine, and Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group's signature franchises include its News You Can Use(R) brand of journalism and its "America's Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans and more.

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