Rush University Medical Center Orthopaedic Program Ranked No. 4 in the U.S.; Top in Illinois

August 5, 2016

U.S.News & World Report released its annual ranking of Best Hospitals and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), consisting of physicians of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), was ranked the fourth best orthopedic program in the nation - the highest level of achievement ever for the program. The ranking is up two positions from last year. The program continues its legacy as the top-ranked orthopedic program in Illinois.

"We are enormously proud of this accomplishment because it clearly recognizes that our world-class physicians are well respected by their peers," explains Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, Managing Partner, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. "More important, however, is our medical staff's dedication to continually providing quality care and exceptional services to patients."

No other specialty program at any other hospital in Illinois is ranked as high as Rush University Medical Center's Orthopaedic program in U.S.News & World Report's 2015-2016 Best Hospitals issue.

"To receive such recognition is a huge honor for our orthopedic program," explainsJoshua Jacobs, MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush, Associate Provost for Research at Rush and Partner, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. "We have a longstanding commitment to innovative research and training, and the education of the next generation of exceptional orthopaedic practitioners is an essential component of our mission. We are fortunate to have a dynamic academic environment at RUMC, which provides our physicians with an opportunity to be award-winning researchers and world-renowned thought leaders in our specialty."

U.S.News & World Report reviewed 1,636 hospital orthopedic programs nationwide. All of these programs treat significant numbers of complicated inpatient cases. In fact, a hospital is reviewed only if it treated at least 293 such Medicare inpatients in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Other criteria used in the ranking were reputation with specialists, survival, patient safety, patient volume, nurse staffing, certain clinically proven technologies and other measures related to quality of care.