Date: 3/29/2011

Hospitals among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in Chicagoland

All three hospitals of Community Healthcare System — Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart — have been included in the Chicago area U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings.

These new rankings single out some 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

To be ranked in a metro area, hospitals need to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.

“We are very proud to have all three hospitals of the Community Healthcare System recognized in the U.S .News & World Report Best Hospital issue,” said John Gorski, Chief Operating Officer of Community Healthcare System. “Our community can also take pride in knowing that we have worked across Community Healthcare System to adopt best practices so regardless which hospital you choose, you will receive the kind of care that ranks among the very best.”

The new metro area rankings are relevant to a larger number of healthcare consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital.

“The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow.

For the full list of metro area rankings, visit