Q: How did East Central Illinois hospitals do in U.S. News and World Report's 2018-19 rankings of the nation's best?
A: Just one hospital in Illinois, Chicago's Northwestern Memorial, made the magazine's honor roll of the 20 highest-performing hospitals in the nation.
In rankings by state, there were 29 hospitals out of 200-plus in Illinois that met the standards for being ranked. Northwestern Memorial was the top-ranked hospital in Illinois, but the list of the top 29 also included Carle Foundation Hospital, Springfield's Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Among those, Carle and Memorial Medical Center were part of a three-way tie for 13th place. St. John's was ranked 19th, and Advocate BroMenn and Decatur Memorial were included in a five-way tie for 25th.
All but one of the top 12 Illinois hospitals were in and around Chicago, with the exception being OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, which ranked sixth from the top.
In a separate national honor roll for children's hospitals, only one in Illinois made the list. That was Chicago's Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, which is nationally ranked in 10 children's specialties.
In ranking hospitals overall, researchers considered hospital performance in 16 adult specialties, nine adult procedures and conditions, and 10 pediatric specialties.
Hospitals were scored based on such factors as patient safety, survival and nurse staffing. The honor roll hospitals were recognized for providing exceptional care across the specialties, among them cancer care, gynecology, urology, heart surgery and orthopedics, the magazine said.
Hospitals included in state rankings were considered the best regional hospitals.
Carle wasn't nationally ranked in any of the 16 specialties evaluated in the research, but it was considered to be high-performing in three adult specialties (gastroenterology and GI surgery, pulmonology and urology) and three procedures and conditions (colon cancer surgery, heart failure and hip replacement).
Among the many Illinois hospitals that weren't ranked were the former Presence Covenant and Presence United Samaritans medical centers in Urbana and Danville, which became OSF Heart of Mary and OSF Sacred Heart medical centers, respectively, earlier this year.
Under its former ownership as Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, the Danville hospital was considered to be high-performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treatment.