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Advocate Health Care Named One of the Nation’s Top 10 Health Systems for a Third Year in a Row

Oak Brook, Ill. - Advocate Health Care has again been named one of the nation's top 10 health systems based on clinical performance for a third consecutive year according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The rankings were based on clinical performance across the entire health system. Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed the quality and efficiency of 285 health systems and found statistically significant differences between top and bottom performers in several key areas.

"Our commitment to clinical excellence and patient safety is driven by our focus to perform at the top decile in all quality measures," said Advocate president and CEO, Jim Skogsbergh. "We are honored to be recognized as a quality leader, a vital focus of the health care industry."

According to the report, Advocate, and the other top health systems are providing higher quality care, with fewer mortalities and patient complications and better adherence to patient safety standards and core measures of care.  They also are treating patients more efficiently, with substantially shorter patient stays.

"The findings in the Thomson Reuters study illustrate Advocate's clinical expertise and dedication to the health and wellness of our communities," said Lee Sacks, M.D. executive vice president and chief medical officer, Advocate Health Care.  "Our performance clearly validates Advocate's ongoing efforts to create a true culture of safety and establishes Advocate as a national leader in health outcomes and patient safety."

According to Thomson Reuters, the study sets national benchmarks for quality and efficiency and extends transparency regarding the performance of health care organizations from hospitals to health systems of health care systems' and hospitals' performance.

The study assessed all U.S. systems with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals. Researchers looked at eight metrics that gauge clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), and HCAHPS patient survey score (part of a national initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals).

The systems named to the Top 10 list are:

  • Advocate Health Care - Oak Brook, Ill.
  • Cape Cod Healthcare - Hyannis, Mass.
  • CareGroup Healthcare System - Boston, Mass.
  • Kettering Health Network - Dayton, Ohio
  • Maury Regional Healthcare System - Columbia, Tenn.
  • Mayo Foundation - Rochester, Minn.
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem - Evanston, Ill.
  • OhioHealth - Columbus, Ohio
  • Partners Healthcare - Boston, Mass.
  • Spectrum Health- Grand Rapids, Mich.

Earlier this year, three of Advocate's twelve hospitals, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, were named to Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® list.


Advocate Health Care, one of the nation's top 10 health systems, based on clinical performance, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children's hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care),two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its three major teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $462 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland in 2009.

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