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NMH Rated Among Best for Cancer Care, U.S. News & World Report

July 2011

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 2011 America's Best Hospitals issue.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is rated in 13 of the 16 clinical specialties. Of the nearly 5,000 medical centers evaluated nationwide, only 140 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. The Lurie Cancer Center and its affiliated hospitals and physician practices treat more than 10,000 new cancer cases annually, providing an extensive range of treatment options, including more than 250 therapeutic clinical trials.

"We're proud to be nationally recognized for our exceptional cancer 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 reflects the talent and efforts of our dedicated clinicians, scientists, nurses, supportive oncology team and staff."

To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: it could be a teaching hospital, it could be affiliated with a medical school, it could have at least 200 beds, or it could have at least 100 beds and have four or more of eight key medical technologies. This year, 2,196 hospitals, or 46 percent of the initial number surveyed, met the test

To view the listings, visit The rankings will also be featured in the August print issue of U.S. News, available on newsstands July 30.

(Last updated on June 21, 2013 )