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Northwestern Memorial Hospital Rated Among Best for Cancer Care

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

July 2010

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University's primary teaching affiliate, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is among the "top-ranked hospitals for cancer" according to U.S. News & World Report's 2010 America's Best Hospitals issue.

Northwestern Memorial is rated in 12 clinical specialties—six of which make it the highest ranked in Illinois. Of the 4,852 medical centers evaluated nationwide, only 152 were chosen and ranked according to the Top 50 programs in 16 clinical areas, including cancer. The rankings are driven by data such as mortality rates, procedure volume, balance of nurses to patients, and reputation with specialists.

"We're proud of this recognition, and of our reputation for providing exceptional care," said Steven T. Rosen, MD, Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Director of Cancer Programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital."This distinction is a reflection of our dedication to prevention, to the research and clinical trials that enable us to offer cancer patients innovative treatment options--and of our efforts as a national leader in the battle to overcome cancer."

To be eligible, hospitals must either be a teaching hospital, be affiliated with a medical school, have at least 200 beds, or have at least 100 beds plus certain medical technologies. Hard data largely drives rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties. Each hospital received a score based on four basic elements: reputation, patient mortality, patient safety and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In the four remaining specialties — Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation and Rheumatology — ranking is based on reputation alone, based on the three most recent physician surveys.

To view the listings, visit The rankings will also be featured in the August print issue of U.S. News, available on newsstands July 27.

(Last updated on June 21, 2013 )