Rush Oak Park Hospital Again Rated High Performing in COPD, Heart Failure Care by U.S. News

Rush University Medical Center Ranked Among Best Nationwide in Seven Specialties

(Aug. 14, 2018) Rush Oak Park Hospital was given “High Performing” status in COPD and heart failure by U.S. News and Report in its annual “Best Hospitals” issue published last week. The community hospital also received the distinction last year.      

The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing. U.S. News ranks hospitals in 16 adult specialties. Hospitals also receive a rating in nine common procedures and conditions, including COPD and Heart Failure.

“Being recognized again for a high level of care in COPD and heart failure by U.S. News is a direct indication of the quality of care our staff provides on an ongoing basis,” said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital. “This is a hospital dedicated to delivering top-notch and compassionate care, and not just in these two areas but throughout our spectrum of health care services.”

Rush University Medical Center Ranked Among Best Nationwide in Seven Specialties

U.S. News & World Report ranked seven specialty care programs at Rush University Medical Center among the best in the country.

Along with Rush Oak Park Hospital’s rating, U.S. News gave the Medical Center “High Performing” status in the following six programs: cardiology and heart surgerydiabetes and endocrinologygastroenterology and GI surgery; pulmonary care and urology.

Rush’s orthopedics program was ranked fourth in the country and remains the highest-ranked orthopedics program in Illinois. The ear, nose and throat and nephrology (kidney disease) programs also are the highest ranked of these specialties in the state.

The following Rush programs were included in the rankings:

Rush remains among a small group of hospitals that ranked highly in multiple specialties. Only 158 of the more than 4,500 hospitals in the United States — about 3.5 percent — scored high enough for U.S. News to rank them nationally in even one specialty.

“This year’s recognition of both our nationally ranked and high-performing programs again shows that Rush’s excellence isn’t confined to a few areas, it’s widespread throughout Rush. Excellence is a fundamental aspect of the care we provide, and it’s also evident in our thriving research efforts,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of the Rush system and of Rush University Medical Center.

"We've achieved this high performance year after year because of the commitment of everyone at Rush to provide the highest quality care with compassion and sensitivity. That is how we define excellence.”

Rankings the latest in steady stream of honors for Rush

The U.S. News rankings are the latest in a consistent stream of honors for Rush University Medical Center and the other Rush system hospitals that are unique among U.S. academic health systems, including the following recognitions:

  • For the fourth consecutive time, all three Rush hospitals — Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Copley Medical Center — received an ‘A’ grade for safety, the highest possible, from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit patient safety watchdog organization, in its latest round of its twice-yearly safety grades, which were announced in April. 
  • The Leapfrog Group also named Rush University Medical Center a Top Teaching Hospital (which is different from Leapfrog’s safety grade) in December.
  • Rush University Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center each received five stars, and Rush Oak Park Hospital was awarded a four-star rating, in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ latest Hospital Compare overall rating in December.
  • In September 2017, Rush University Medical Center was ranked fourth in the nation among 104 leading academic medical centers in the latest annual quality and accountability study conducted by Vizient Inc.
  • Rush University Medical Center received its fourth consecutive Magnet designation, the highest honor in nursing, in January 2016, and Rush Oak Park Hospital received Magnet status in March of that year.
  • In March, the Human Rights Campaign — a civil rights organization that advocates for equality for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or queer/questioning — named Rush University Medical Center a Leader in LGBT Health Equality for the tenth consecutive year. The HRC also named Rush Oak Park Hospital a leader for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital both have received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award, which recognizes hospitals that provide an overall outstanding patient experience. Healthgrades evaluates patient experience performance by applying a scoring methodology to 10 patient experience measures, using data collected from the 32-question survey of the hospital’s own patients. Hospitals in the top 15 percent with the highest overall patient experience scores are recognized as Outstanding Patient Experience Award recipients.