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Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital physicians recently were recognized by two Chicago area publications as being among the top doctors in the region.

The January 2010 issue of Chicago Magazine named 15 physicians from Lutheran General to its 'Top Doctors' list, while the winter 2010 edition of Chicago Consumers' Checkbook included 16 of the hospital's and medical group's primary care physicians in its top-rated survey.

Selection for the 'Top Doctors' list was done in cooperation with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health care research and information company that publishes a number of guides identifying outstanding physicians in the country.  Physicians and medical leadership of leading hospitals were asked through mail, telephone surveys and electronic ballots to name exceptional doctors.  A screening process was utilized before the final selection was made of the physicians most highly regarded by their peers.

The top primary care physicians were identified following mail, telephone and internet surveys of Chicago Consumers' Checkbook and Consumer Reports subscribers and other consumers.  Survey participants rated their experiences at physician practices in the following categories:  Overall quality; listening/communication; thoroughness, carefulness and apparent competence; personal manner (courtesy, respect, sensitivity, friendliness); spending enough time with patients; seeking patient input in making decisions; giving prevention/self-help advice; arranging to see patients quickly when requested; providing timely, helpful advice by phone; and office waiting time.

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's medical staff includes more than 1,000 physicians, dental surgeons and other professionals who have distinguished themselves throughout Chicagoland as clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders in the health care industry.

Lutheran General physicians highlighted as 'Top Doctors' in Chicago Magazine were:
 Cardiac Electrophysiology:  Scott Miller, M.D., of Chicago
 Colon and Rectal Surgery:  Herand Abcarian, M.D., of River Forest
 Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism:  Phillip Werner, M.D., of Glenview
 Maternal and Fetal Medicine:  James Keller, M.D., of Deerfield
 Medical Oncology:  Jacob Bitran, M.D., of Highland Park
 Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine:  David Sheftel, M.D., of Glenview
 Neurological Surgery:  Jerry Bauer, M.D., of Lake Forest; Martin Herman, M.D., of  Chicago; and John Ruge, M.D., of Hinsdale
 Orthopedic Surgery:  Wayne Goldstein, M.D., of Highland Park
 Pediatric Gastroenterology:  James Berman, M.D., of Highland Park; and T.S. Gunasekaran, M.D., of Glenview
 Pediatric Otolaryngology:  Robert Miller, M.D., of Wilmette
 Pediatric Surgery:  Michel Ilbawi, M.D., of Chicago
 Urology:  Gordon Gluckman, M.D., of Glenview

The Chicago Consumers' Checkbook list of the to-rated primary care physicians included the following from Lutheran General:
 Arlington Heights residents:  John W. Sage, M.D. (family medicine), and Robert D. Zimmanck Jr. (internal medicine)
 Buffalo Grove residents:  Gabriel Kibrit, M.D. (internal medicine), and Scott J. Meyer, M.D. (family medicine)
 Elmhust resident:  Susan E. Nelson, M.D. (internal medicine)
 LaGrange Park resident:  Irma Kuptel, M.D. (internal medicine)
 Long Grove resident: Stuart Oserman, M.D. (internal medicine)
 Mt. Prospect residents:  Joel L. Kragt, M.D. (family medicine)
 Northbrook residents:  William C. Blustein, M.D. (internal medicine), Gerald A. Cohen, M.D. (internal medicine), Stuart S. Ferber, M.D. (internal medicine), Gerald H. Lewis, M.D. (internal medicine), Steven E. Tureff, M.D. (internal medicine), and Lawrence K. Weiner, M.D. (internal medicine).
Park Ridge resident:  Kenneth G. Kells, M.D. (family medicine)
Wheeling resident: Catherine Landers, M.D.  (internal medicine)

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is a 645-bed tertiary, academic and research hospital, a Level I trauma center, and one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area.  It also is home to Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospitals, one of the most comprehensive providers of pediatric care in the state.

Lutheran General has been rated 11 times as one of the 100 Top Hospitals and 15 top major teaching hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters.  For the 10th year, Lutheran General was named by US News & World Report as being one of America's Best Hospitals, receiving 'top 50 in the nation' rankings for medical excellence and advanced capabilities in many specialties.  In addition,

Lutheran General was selected for the fourth time as one of the nation's top cardiovascular hospitals, according to the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study.

Lutheran General recently achieved the best overall surgical morbidity ranking in the country according to the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons.  It also received a "Get With The Guidelines" gold award from the American Heart Association for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care for patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.  In addition, the hospital has been named Blue Distinction Centers for cardiac care, spine surgery and knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield and is certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission in recognition of its exceptional outcomes for these patients.

The hospital was the first in the north and northwest suburbs to be awarded the American Nurses Credentialing Center's prestigious Magnet designation, the highest honor and level of nursing excellence in the nation.

Lutheran General Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, which is the largest health care provider in the state and one of the nation's top health care systems.


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