8 Illinois Hospitals Make List of Nation's Top 100

Illinois is home to eight of the nation's 100 best hospitals, according to IBM Watson Health's annual Top 100 U.S. hospitals list.

Illinois is home to eight of the nation’s best hospitals, according to IBM Watson Health’s 25th annual Top 100 Hospitals list.

The results came from a study that evaluated 2,785 hospitals based on the categories of patient survival rates, complications and infections, length of stay, patient satisfaction, emergency department wait times, inpatient expenses, and profit margins.

“Hospitals use these benchmarks to help guide their own performance improvement initiatives, giving them real-world insight into the performance of their peers and a standardized scorecard to chart their progress over time,” Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for Performance Improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals Program, wrote in a blog post.

The best Illinois hospitals made the shortlist in a number of categories. Here are the categories and winners:

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Major Teaching Hospitals: Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago; NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston

Teaching Hospitals: Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee

Large Community Hospitals: Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville; Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin; Edward Hospital, Naperville; Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield

Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin also received the Everest Award, which means it is setting the national standard in its category and is among the fastest improving hospitals on the list, according to the report. This year marks the first time Advocate Sherman made the top 100 list.

Only Ohio and Texas had more hospitals on the list than Illinois, with 15 and nine top facilities respectively.

If the hospitals on the top 100 list represented a standard quality of care nationwide, 43,000 patients would be complication-free and about 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days, Chenoweth said.

Additionally, she said, more than 102,000 lives and $4.4 billion in inpatient costs would be saved.