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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, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 the 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; and 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 www.leapfroggroup.org/news

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 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.  And, Northwestern Memorial ranks 12th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2012 Honor Roll of "America's Best Hospitals." The hospital is ranked in 12 of 16 clinical specialties rated by U.S. News and is No. 1 in Illinois and Chicago in U.S. News' 2012 state and metro rankings, respectively. For 12 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. 

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