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Weiss Memorial Hospital Ranks 34th in Chicago in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings

Mar 29, 2011

Weiss staff reacts to Best Hospitals Ranking.

For more information contact:
Catherine Gianaro
(773) 564-7285
cgianaro@weisshospital.com

For more information contact: Catherine Gianaro(773) 564-7285 For more information contact: Catherine Gianaro(773) 564-7285

CHICAGO—March 29, 2011—Weiss Memorial Hospital has been ranked 34th in Chicago in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals.

The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

Weiss made the list for its “high performing” orthopedics specialty, led by Henry Finn, MD, chairman of surgery at Weiss and medical director of the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss, and Frank Molinaro, hospital chief executive officer.

“We’ve worked hard to address all of the orthopedic needs of a more active and aging population,” Molinaro said. “I’m glad our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons is getting the recognition they deserve as they continue to meet the needs of patients and make them their priority.”

To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

“All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” says Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”

U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.

The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of healthcare consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital.