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Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital receive "A" letter grades

CHICAGO, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwestern Medicine® has been recognized for its high level of patient safety, receiving an "A" letter grade in the spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group for both Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. An "A" letter grade is the highest score possible assigned by the nonprofit patient safety group. Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest are among only a third of the more than 2,500 hospitals that were evaluated nationally to receive the prestigious "A" letter grade in the spring 2014 scores, recognizing them as two of the nation's safest hospitals.

The Leapfrog Group assigns scores to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals as part of its Hospital Safety Score initiative. The nonprofit group's scoring system uses publicly reported measures that are designed to track and reduce preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections and then assigns individual hospitals with a letter grade based on their performance. The goal of the Hospital Safety Score initiative is to provide the public an easy method for making informed decisions about where they choose to receive their health care.

"We are proud that both Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest hospitals have once again been recognized with an 'A' letter grade on the Hospital Safety Score," said Gary A. Noskin, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Northwestern Memorial. "This achievement demonstrates our organization's continuing commitment to provide high quality care in the safest healthcare environment possible for every patient we serve."

According to the Leapfrog Group, the Hospital Safety Scores are compiled under the guidance of an eight-member Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, which is comprised of some of the nation's leading experts on patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score uses a total of 28 measures of hospital safety data to evaluate a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable infections, injuries, and errors. The Leapfrog Group's panel includes representatives from Stanford University, University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University.

Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest share a longstanding commitment to a culture of quality, safety and service. By aspiring to the highest standards for quality and patient satisfaction with collaborative focus on process improvement, both institutions are committed to delivering care that is safe and without error. To learn more about this commitment to quality, visit Northwestern Memorial's website and Northwestern Lake Forest's website.

To view more information on how hospitals were scored and see the complete list of the Leapfrog Group's 2014 Top Hospitals, visit their website.

About Northwestern Medicine®
Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare.  It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country's premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Along with its Prentice Women's Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital has 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees.  Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women's health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.

Northwestern Memorial has nursing Magnet Status, the nation's highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. Northwestern Memorial ranks 6th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals. The hospital is recognized in 14 of 16 clinical specialties rated by U.S. News and is No. 1 in Illinois and Chicago in U.S. News' 2013-14 state and metro rankings, respectively. For 14 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation's annual survey for 15 consecutive years. 

About Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a wholly owned entity of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. The hospital has more than 700 physicians board-certified in 90 medical specialties, located at its Lake Forest and Grayslake campuses and at facilities in Glenview, Gurnee-Brookside, Gurnee-Tower Court, Libertyville, Lindenhurst and Vernon Hills. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is ranked among Illinois' "Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report. It has been named the Consumer Choice hospital in Lake and Kenosha counties for nine years in a row by National Research Corporation and receives an "A" Hospital Safety Score from the non-profit Leapfrog Group.  Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a Magnet hospital, having earned the country's highest recognition for patient care and nursing and is rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine. For more information, visit lfh.org.

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