Published on July 30, 2019

U.S. News & World Report Gives Silver Cross Top Marks for Treating Heart Failure and COPD

U.S. News & World Report has recognized Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 in its annual Procedures and Conditions rating.

Silver Cross was cited for its superior programs for treating heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). The ratings recognize care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes.

“High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care.
Silver Cross was also given four stars for patient experience, which encompasses the range of interactions that patients have with their doctors, nurses, and other staff in the hospital. Patient experience includes aspects of health care delivery that patients value highly, such as getting timely appointments, easy access to information, and good communication with health care providers.

Now in their fifth year, the annual ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

“At Silver Cross we’re committed to advancing the care we provide for our patients, and this recognition is proof of that,” said Silver Cross President/CEO Ruth Colby. “I couldn’t be more proud of our hospital staff and our medical staff who collaborate together in the best interests of our patients each and every day.”

For the 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News Procedures & Conditions methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators.

The Procedures & Conditions ratings were produced by U.S. News analysts.

For more information about the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469937), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in mid-September.

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.