Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago) | 100 great hospitals in America 2016
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago). Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of the Chicago-based Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The hospital has 894 beds and more than 1,600 affiliated physicians and 7,000 employees. Northwestern Memorial also includes the Prentice Women's Hospital.
For 2015-16, U.S. News & World Report ranked Northwestern Memorial as the No. 1 hospital in Illinois and the No. 11 hospital in the nation. In addition to being an American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet hospital, Northwestern Memorial has been recognized for its supportive work environment for women. In 2014, the hospital made Working Mother's "100 Best Companies" list for the 15th consecutive year. Additionally, in 2015, the hospital was named to the National Association of Female Executives' list of "Top 10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive Women" for the seventh consecutive year.
Northwestern Memorial was formed in 1972 by the consolidation of Passavant Memorial and Wesley Memorial, two hospitals with roots tracing back to the 1800s. The hospital has been home to a number of medical firsts throughout its history. In 1996, physicians at Northwestern Memorial performed the first islet cell transplantation in Illinois. Just a year later, the hospital hosted the first minimally invasive transmyocardial laser revascularization in the nation and the first successful minimally invasive kidney transplant in the Midwest.
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