Aurora hospitals recognized
Grafton facility ranked No. 3 in region

News Graphic Staff

August 15, 2017

GRAFTON — Aurora Medical Center in Grafton recently was recognized as one of the top hospitals in southeast Wisconsin.

U.S. News & World Report released rankings last week that ranked the Grafton hospital No. 3 in southeastern Wisconsin and tied for No. 6 in Wisconsin, with two high-performing specialties, orthopedics and urology.

Other Aurora hospitals also were recognized in the annual ranking.

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center was ranked the No. 1 hospital in southeastern Wisconsin. Aurora St. Luke’s was also ranked the No. 2 hospital in Wisconsin, and five specialties earned spots in the national Top 50.

The top-ranked hospital in Wisconsin was University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, according to the U.S. News & World Report website.

“This achievement demonstrates Aurora is leading the way in delivering top clinical quality and medical excellence,” Patrick Falvey, chief transformation officer for Aurora Health Care, said in a news release. “Our patients can expect high-quality, cost-effective care that is driven by the passion and dedication of our caregivers, who show every day they are committed to truly helping people live well.”

Aurora St. Luke’s received national Top 50 honors for the following high-performing specialties – cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, and pulmonology.

The hospital’s additional high-performing specialties were cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology.

Both Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and Aurora Medical Center in Grafton also achieved “recognized in Southeastern Wisconsin” status.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or common elective procedures.

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider, offers services at sites in more than 30 counties throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.