Allina’s Abbott Northwestern among the Top for Three Service Areas in U.S. News Media Group's 2010-11 Best Hospitals

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Abbott Northwestern Hospital is ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery (#38), heart and heart surgery (#39) and orthopedics (#44) in U.S. News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals, online at and featured in the August print issue of U.S.News, available on newsstands July 27.

“We measure ourselves by clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and employee engagement, and we work hard to attain high marks,” said Jeff Peterson, president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital. “But increasingly, people who are unfamiliar with Abbott Northwestern rely on published data such as the U.S. News & World Report list, and we are proud to be on the list.”

Best Hospitals 2010-11 includes rankings of 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, including cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose, and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology, and urology. Full data is available online for another 1,740 hospitals that qualified for ranking but did not score high enough to be ranked.

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties--ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology--hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.

To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of medical technology considered important in a high-quality medical facility, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precision radiation therapies.

Next, the hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty. A hospital that fell short could still qualify if it had been nominated by at least one physician in any of the U.S. News Best Hospitals reputational surveys conducted in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

“When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for yourself or someone close to you,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “These hospitals are accustomed to seeing the sickest patients day in and day out.”

The Best Hospitals "Honor Roll" highlights 14 medical centers that were ranked at or near the top in at least six specialties.


Allina Hospitals & Clinics
Gloria O'Connell, 612-863-4801

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