MILWAUKEE – Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center was ranked the No. 1 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 five specialties earned spots in the national Top 50. Aurora Medical Center in Grafton also received recognition.
“This achievement demonstrates Aurora is leading the way in delivering top clinical quality and medical excellence,” said Patrick Falvey, chief transformation officer for Aurora Health Care. “Our patients can expect high-quality, cost-effective care that is driven by the passion and dedication of our caregivers, who show every day they are committed to truly helping people live well.”
Aurora St. Luke’s received national Top 50 honors for the following high-performing specialties – cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, and pulmonology. The hospital’s additional high-performing specialties were cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology.
U.S. News also ranked hospitals on a variety of procedures and conditions. More than 1,200 hospitals earned a rating of high performing in at least one, but just 48 hospitals achieved that top rating in all nine. Aurora St. Luke’s was one of the 48, and the only hospital in Wisconsin on the list. The procedures and conditions considered are colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement, and hip replacement.
Aurora Medical Center in Grafton was ranked No. 3 in Southeastern Wisconsin and tied for No. 6 in Wisconsin, with two high-performing specialties, orthopedics and urology. Both Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and Aurora Medical Center in Grafton also achieved “recognized in Southeastern Wisconsin” status.
The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.
For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 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 three decades, we’ve 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 hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”
The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.
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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 caregivers. 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 via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.
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