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Northwestern Medicine Gastroenterology Program Ranked among America's Top 10 by U.S. News

July 24, 2013

Northwestern Medicine Gastroenterology Program climbs seven places to 10th in the nation and highest ranked in Illinois and Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been ranked as 10th in the country on the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Best Hospitals specialty ranking for gastroenterology and GI surgery released on Tuesday, July 16. This is the first year that has been recognized in the top 10 for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, rising seven places from last year’s 17th ranking, making it the highest ranked program in Illinois and Chicago.  

“This news simply reinforces what many of us already know – that our gastroenterology and GI surgery program is one of the best in the country,” said John Pandolfino, MD, chief of the division of gastroenterology and associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Every day, we evaluate, diagnose and treat a whole list of gastrointestinal conditions that range from annoying to life threatening. For our physicians, their work is more than a job, it’s a life calling, and while we are proud of our top 10 ranking, we also see it as a challenge to do even better next year.”  

The U.S. News specialty rankings were driven by objective data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. A survey of physicians, who are asked to name hospitals they consider tops in their specialty, produces a reputation score that is also factored into the rankings. To be considered in the ranked specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of important medical technology. Next, hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty. Just 147 hospitals, only about 3 percent of those in the U.S., earned a national ranking in one or more specialties.  

“At Northwestern Medicine, we’re always striving to bring innovation and the best possible surgical options to our patients,” said Nathaniel Soper, MD, chief of surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Loyal and Edith Davis Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “This is recognition highlights our past accomplishments and motivates us toward our future goals of climbing even higher in these national rankings. It’s also symbolic of the partnership that occurs every day between the division of gastroenterology and the department of surgery to provide the possible gastrointestinal care our patients.”  

Northwestern Memorial climbed six places to 6th in the nation on the publisher’s most exclusive ranking: the Best Hospitals 2013-14 Honor Roll. Northwestern Memorial is the only hospital in Illinois to make this prestigious ranking, and continues its placements as No. 1 in Illinois and the Chicago metro area, a distinction the hospital has held since U.S. News introduced its state and local rankings two years ago. Northwestern Memorial is recognized in 14 of 16 specialties rated by U.S. News—five of which are top 10 placements.  

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital ranked No. 21 in Illinois, No. 20 in the Chicago metro rankings, and was noted as high-performing in the categories of gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, and orthopaedics. These placements make it the highest rated hospital in Lake County to be recognized by U.S. News.  

Gastroenterologists and GI surgeons at Northwestern Memorial treat a wide range of conditions and disorders and while the treatment options vary greatly, the goal is the same: for patients to live life with as few symptoms as possible. Northwestern Memorial offers every aspect of care for the organs of the body that break down and absorb food from small intestinal transplant to home total parenteral nutrition. Physicians also evaluate, diagnose and treat a whole host of conditions including Celiac disease, Colon cancer, Crohn's disease, gallstones, peptic ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux. GI surgeons at Northwestern Memorial are leaders in minimally invasive techniques for many of the most common gastrointestinal surgeries, as well as weight loss surgery.  

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About Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare is the parent corporation of Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an 894-bed academic medical center hospital and Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, a 201-bed community hospital located in Lake Forest, Illinois.  

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country’s premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Along with its Prentice Women’s Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital has 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees. Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women’s health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.  

Northwestern Memorial has nursing Magnet®* Status, the nation’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. Northwestern Memorial ranks 6th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. The hospital is recognized in 14 of 16 clinical specialties rated by U.S. News and is No. 1 in Illinois and Chicago in U.S. News’ 2013-14 state and metro rankings, respectively. For 13 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation’s annual survey for 13 years.  

About Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, and provides outpatient services at 8 convenient locations throughout Lake and northern Cook counties. Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2013-14 and is recognized in 5 clinical specialties. The hospital has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties by National Research Corporation’s annual survey for 8 years. The hospital’s Radiation Oncology program is the only program accredited by the American College of Radiology in Lake County. Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country’s highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” guide by Working Mother magazine. 

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