Newswise — Rush University Medical Center improved on its already strong performance in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings in the annual “Best Hospitals” issue, which became available online this morning. As it did last year, U.S. News ranked Rush among the best in the country in seven specialty areas. In addition, it ranked six of those Rush specialties higher than in 2014.
As in 2014, Rush’s orthopedics program was ranked 6th nationwide, the highest of any orthopedics program in Illinois. In addition, the following programs were included and improved in the U.S. News rankings:
• Geriatrics —15th (17th last year)• Neurology and Neurosurgery —15th (17th)• Nephrology —27th (31st)• Gynecology —33rd (unranked last year)• Urology —36th (43rd)• Cancer —40th (48th )
U.S. News also noted that Rush is “High Performing” in the following areas:• Cardiology and Heart Surgery• Endocrinology• Gastroenterology• Pulmonary
Rush remains among a small group of hospitals that rank highly in multiple specialties. Only 144 of the more than 5,600 hospitals in the United States — approximately 2.5 percent — scored high enough for U.S. News to rank them nationally in even one specialty nationally.
“We are proud of this recognition, which reflects our commitment throughout Rush to translate the latest in scientific discovery to the best in patient care,” says Rush CEO Larry Goodman, MD. “Part of that commitment is to always seek ways to improve, which is also demonstrated in our performance this year. Without question, these rankings are due to all of the outstanding individuals, both within the recognized specialties and outside these areas, who work together on behalf of all of our patients every day.”
Rush has performed even better in other nationwide hospital evaluations, ranking fifth in the country (and highest in Illinois) in the latest UHC Quality and Accountability Survey and receiving a four star rating — the highest of any Chicago hospital — in the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ranking of hospitals based on patient satisfaction data.