Advocate Aurora Health Honored with U.S. News & World Report Recognition, Practice Greenhealth Award

Advocate Aurora Health has announced its recent honors from U.S. News & World Report and Practice Greenhealth.

A total of 19 of the health system’s adult hospitals were named to the U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hospitals’ list, and one — Advocate Children’s Hospital — was recognized as a top pediatric hospital.  

“The last year and a half tested our team members in new and difficult ways, and they met those challenges time and time again, delivering safe, high-quality care for our patients every step of the way,” Advocate Aurora Health President and CEO Jim Skogsbergh said. “That so many of our system’s sites were honored among the highest performing in the nation is a testament to their commitment to our purpose of helping people live well.” 

The U.S. News & World Report list recognizes both regional and national achievement. Designated among the Best Regional Hospitals were Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Aurora Medical Center — Grafton, Aurora Medical Center — Summit and Aurora BayCare Medical Center, each ranking among the top hospitals in Wisconsin. Eight hospitals ranked among the top 25 in Illinois — Advocate Christ Medical Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Advocate Trinity Hospital, Advocate Condell Medical Center and Advocate South Suburban Hospital.  

In addition, Advocate Christ, Advocate Illinois Masonic, and Advocate Lutheran earned national rankings honoring the quality of their adult specialties. Christ ranked 36th in the country in cardiology and heart surgery and 49th in gynecology; Illinois Masonic ranked 48th in gastroenterology and GI surgery; and Lutheran ranked 46th in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 48th in gynecology and 38th in pulmonology.  

Advocate Children’s Hospital was recognized with the No. 25 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program in the nation and ranked third among children’s hospitals in Illinois. 

In addition to seven nationally ranked specialties, the system’s hospitals earned 159 high-performing ratings across the adult specialties and common procedures and conditions categories. Advocate Sherman Hospital, Aurora Medical Center — Bay Area, Aurora Medical Center — Kenosha, Aurora Medical Center — Manitowoc County, Aurora Medical Center — Oshkosh, Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, and Aurora West Allis Medical Center earned such accolades.  

U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 4,554 hospitals nationwide. Their methodology is based on measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators.

Practice Greenhealth Award

For the 13th consecutive year, the health system also received the System for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to hospitals and health systems across the United States.

The award, given to select organizations across the country, recognizes health systems that are setting and meeting system-wide sustainability goals, tracking data, benchmarking, sharing environmental performance successes, and supporting intra-organizations learning and implementation within their institutions.

It recognizes health systems that are working cohesively and across hospitals and facilities to set and meet goals related to sustainability, from reducing energy use to increasing recycling to establishing green building practices. System for Change Award winners have at least four acute-care hospitals and have demonstrated substantive and effective strategies for improving environmental performance among a core percentage of their facilities.

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