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December 04, 2012

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Recognized as Top Hospitals

The Leapfrog Group gives both facilities an “A” in its Hospital Safety Score

CHICAGO – Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital have been selected as 2012 Top Hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, an organization that provides the only national, public comparison of hospitals across safety, quality and efficiency dimensions. Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest are honored among an elite group of only 92 hospitals selected out of nearly 1,200 surveyed.

“It is an honor to have both Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest recognized as top performing hospitals,” said Dean M. Harrison, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. “Our longstanding, shared focus on creating the safest environment for our patients is essential to our Patients First mission.”

To be designated a Top Hospital, organizations must meet or exceed Leapfrog criteria in five areas of patient quality and safety. Areas evaluated include:

  • Use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors
  • Standards for performing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery
  • Adequate nurse and physician staffing
  • Protocols and policies to reduce medical errors
  • Receipt of an “A” Hospital Safety Score

Hospitals are also measured on their growth in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions.

Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest were among the eight hospitals ranked in Illinois.

Additionally, both Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest received a Hospital Safety Score of “A” for overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative that aims to save lives and bring attention to the issue of patient safety by highlighting the nation’s best hospitals while warning against the worst. Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest are among only 790 hospitals nationally and 51 facilities in Illinois to receive an “A” grade.

The Leapfrog Group was founded to work for improvements in healthcare safety, quality and affordability. The annual survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind. For more information or to see a complete list of the Leapfrog Group’s 2012 Top Hospitals, visit leapfroggroup.org/news.

About Northwestern Medicine®

Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare. It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee Brookside, Gurnee Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois’ “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. Northwestern 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. For more information, visit lfh.org.

About Northwestern Medical Group

Northwestern Medical Group is a multi-site physician network with 122 physicians offering primary and specialty care services, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dermatology, corporate health, executive health, integrative medicine, sports medicine, and travel medicine. Northwestern Medical Group has 25 locations throughout the Chicago area, including Chicago offices in the Loop, Streeterville, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview, as well as offices in Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Grayslake, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Libertyville. All physicians are on the medical staffs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and/or Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.