Both Presence St. Francis Hospital and NorthShore Evanston  Hospital were ranked as Best Regional Hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings. A total of 732 hospitals in the nation received that designation out of 4,793 hospitals considered. Hospitals that were nationally ranked or that were ranked high-performing in at least one
specialty were recognized as Best Regional Hospitals.

Presence St. Francis Hospital, a 244-bed general medical and surgical hospital, was ranked 25th in the Chicago metropolitan area and 28th in Illinois. It was ranked “high-performing” in three adult specialties: geriatrics, nephrology and urology. 

“To be named one of the best hospitals in the Chicago area once again this year is an outstanding achievement,” said Jeff Murphy, chief executive officer of Presence Saint Francis Hospital. “To be recognized as high performing in three different specialties is a testament to our standing as the premier community hospital on Chicago’s north shore, known for excellence in quality of care and exceptional customer service.”

NorthShore Evanston Hospital, a 755-bed general medical and surgical facility and teaching hospital, was ranked 7th in both the Chicago metropolitan area and in Illinois. It was ranked 40th in the nation in gastroenterology/GI surgery and 21st in the nation in gynecology. It was assessed as “high-performing” in nine adult specialties: cancer; diabetes/endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. 

“We are most proud to once again be recognized in the Best Hospitals ranking for the outstanding care provided at NorthShore University Health System,” said Mark Neaman, president and chief executive officer of NorthShore. “It is a testament not only to the physician expertise at NorthShore but also the comprehensive system of caring that is focused on always providing our patients with exceptional experiences.”

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties. Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties: reputation, patient survival, patient safety, and care-related factors such as the amount of nurse staffing and the breadth of patient services. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.