Rush University Medical Center Ranked Among Best Nationwide in five Specialties
(July 31, 2019) Rush Oak Park Hospital was given “High Performing” status in heart failure care by U.S. News and World Report in its annual “Best Hospitals” issue published this week. This year marks the third in a row the hospital has received the distinction.
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. U.S. News ranks hospitals in 16 adult specialties. Hospitals also receive a rating in common procedures and conditions, including Heart Failure.
Rush University Medical Center Ranked Among Best Nationwide in Five Specialties
U.S. News & World Report ranked five specialty care programs at Rush University Medical Center among the best in the country — with two in the top 10 nationwide. The Medical Center’s orthopedics program was ranked seventh in the country and remains the highest-ranked orthopedics program in Illinois. The gynecology program also is the highest ranked statewide in this specialty.
The following Rush programs were included in the rankings:
- Orthopedics — 7th
- Neurology and Neurosurgery — 8th
- Gynecology — 14th
- Geriatrics — 19th
- Kidney Disease (Nephrology) — 49th
Rush remains among a small group of hospitals that ranked highly in multiple specialties. Only 166 of the nearly 3,000 hospitals in the United States that U.S. News evaluated — about 5.5 percent — scored high enough for U.S. News to rank them nationally in even one specialty.
In addition to the national rankings of these five programs, U.S. News gave Rush University Medical Center “High Performing” status in the following programs: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, and gastroenterology and GI surgery.
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:
- All three Rush hospitals received four stars in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ latest Hospital Compare overall rating in February.
- In October, Rush University Medical Center was ranked second in the nation among 99 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. Rush Copley Medical Center is working towards Magnet status.
- All three Rush hospitals have received the Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, which honors intensive care unit nursing teams as being exceptional and in the top tier nationally.
- All three Rush hospitals repeatedly have received an ‘A’ grade for safety, the highest possible, from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit patient safety watchdog organization. Rush Copley has received A grades each of the 14 times the Leapfrog Group has rated hospitals since June 2012. Rush University Medical Center previously has received 13 A grades, and Rush Oak Park Hospital has received seven.
- The Leapfrog Group also has named each of the Rush hospitals a Top Hospital (which is a different honor than Leapfrog’s safety grade), designating Rush University Medical Center a Top Teaching Hospital five times.
- 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 Copley Medical Center is applying for leader status in 2019.
- 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.