Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Ranked No. 1 Hospital in Southeastern Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report for Second Consecutive Year

Five Aurora Facilities Receive High Performance Recognition; Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Aurora BayCare named Top 10 Facilities in Wisconsin

August 14, 2018

MILWAUKEE – For the second consecutive year, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center has been named the top hospital in Southeastern Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report in rankings released today. Aurora St. Luke’s was also ranked the No. 2 hospital in Wisconsin, and ranked in the national Top 50 in three specialty categories.

Two other Aurora Health Care facilities, Aurora Medical Center in Grafton and Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay also ranked in the top 10 in Wisconsin.  The Aurora Medical Center in Grafton ranked No. 3 in Milwaukee and No. 4 in Wisconsin, and Aurora BayCare ranked No. 9 in Wisconsin.

“We’re honored to be continually recognized as national leaders in safety, quality and outcomes,” said Nick Turkal, MD, Advocate Aurora Health President and CEO. “It’s the incredible teamwork and consumer first approach that enables us to deliver exceptional care and set the industry standard to benefit the communities and patients we are proud to serve.”

Aurora St. Luke’s received national Top 50 honors for the following high-performing specialties – cardiology and heart surgery, geriatrics and gynecology.  The hospital’s additional high-performing specialties included cancer, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology, and urology.


Aurora Grafton ranked high performing in orthopedics for the second consecutive year, and several other Aurora Health Care facilities also receive high performance ratings for a variety of specialties, including Aurora West Allis Medical Center, named high performing in urology, Aurora Medical Center in Summit, named high performing for heart bypass surgery, and Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, rated high performing hip replacements.


Now a part of Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit health care system in the U.S., the Aurora Health Care facilities named to the list join 10 Advocate Health Care facilities on the overall U.S. News Best Hospitals list. U.S. News & World Report separately named Advocate Children’s in June to the prestigious Best Children’s Hospitals national rankings, bringing the total number of recognized Advocate Aurora Health hospitals to 16 this year.

“This national recognition of clinical excellence is a direct reflection on our talented physicians, nurses and team members,” said Jim Skogsbergh, Advocate Aurora Health President and CEO. “We thank them for their great work and commitment to delivering on our purpose of helping people live well as together we reimagine health and transform care delivery in Illinois, Wisconsin and beyond.”

For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care. 


“For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their physicians’ information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”


For more information about the 2018-19 rankings, visit Best Hospitals.

About Aurora Health Care:

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 30 counties throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 team members. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information through the Aurora blog, our Facebook page, as well as our Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest accounts. Aurora is part of Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit, integrated health system in the United States. We help people live well.

About Advocate Aurora Health

Advocate Aurora Health is the 10th largest not-for-profit, integrated health system in the United States and a leading employer in the Midwest with more than 70,000 employees, including more than 22,000 nurses and the region’s largest employed medical staff and home health organization. A national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience, and value-based care, the system serves nearly 3 million patients annually in Illinois and Wisconsin across more than 500 sites of care. Advocate Aurora is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies and is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, and pediatrics. The organization also contributed $2 billion in charitable care and services to its communities in 2016.

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