NorthShore Named to IBM Watson Health™ 100 Top Hospitals® List for Record 20th Time

NorthShore has been named to the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list for a record 20th time and is also listed among the top 15 major teaching hospitals in the country.

“Philanthropic support from donors, including grateful patients and their families, is critical to NorthShore’s ability to continue to achieve this level of performance,” said NorthShore Foundation's Executive Director Murray Ancell. “Donors who give here are truly investing in an organization that explicitly puts patient safety and quality of care first and foremost. As a patient, and a donor, that is my personal expectation. The exceptional healthcare experiences NorthShore strives to deliver have quality and safety at their core.”

Those listed as Top Hospitals outperformed their peers in several important categories according to an analysis of findings from the survey conducted by IBM Watson Health, formerly called Truven Health Analytics. Using data from 2013 to 2017 for most metrics, the survey found that hospitals on this year’s list had:

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  • 25% lower inpatient mortality
  • 19% fewer complications
  • 19% fewer infections

These hospitals also had shorter average lengths of stay, shorter wait times in the emergency room and lower inpatient costs. If all hospitals were to achieve the same performance benchmarks as those included on this year’s list, according to IBM Watson Health, it would save an additional 103,000 lives and generate inpatient cost savings of $8.2 billion.

“We strive every day to provide exceptional patient care across our entire system, and we’re very proud to again receive this prestigious national recognition of our work. And to have done so a record 20 times is amazing,” said NorthShore President and CEO J.P. Gallagher.

The study has been conducted annually since 1993 and assessed 2,752 hospitals across the country. Hospitals are divided into five categories based on their size, and NorthShore was categorized as a Major Teaching Hospital, one of 15 such hospitals to make the list.

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries yet has less effective population health outcomes, the 100 Top Hospitals are setting a different example by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals program leader at IBM Watson Health.

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