A Second Opinion on the Best Hospitals in Illinois

The Chicago area is well-represented by U.S. News and World Report's rankings of the best hospitals in Illinois.

Last month, we gave you the safest hospitals in Illinois as ranked by Consumer Reports. But, as always when we're dealing with medical information, it never hurts to have a second opinion.

With that in mind, we have the top 11 hospitals in Illinois as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. There are major differences between the two lists, with only three hospitals making the top of both lists. The primary difference is Consumer Reports ranked the safest hospitals, while U.S. News and World Report's rankings are of the best hospitals.

Unlike the Consumer Reports list, the U.S. News rankings list most of Illinois’ top hospitals in the Chicago area. The first hospital to appear on the list that is not in Chicagoland is Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, ranked at number 14 in the state.

The report acknowledges that the ranking list is a place to start to gather information about making the right choices for getting the best care. Every patient is different and must consider different factors when choosing a hospital. Taken together, the U.S. News and World Report and Consumer Reports lists might offer an even more comprehensive view than only one of them alone. 

Children’s hospitals were ranked separately as there are far fewer in the nation. The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago was listed as the top children’s hospital in Illinois.

This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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