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A healthcare company on Tuesday released their top 250 ranked hospitals nationwide and several of them are located in Lake and McHenry counties.

Healthgrades announced the recipients of two hospital quality awards — the 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the 2024 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

The Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals nationwide that provide quality care while preventing serious safety events during hospital stays. The award was given to 444 hospitals, with 21 of them being in Illinois.

The Outstanding Patient Experience Award recognizes hospitals delivering best-in-class patient experiences. The award was given to 388 hospitals, with 14 of them being in Illinois.

Only 79 hospitals nationwide received both awards.

Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Lake Forest was among the hospitals that received both rewards in addition to the America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award, which Healthgrades says puts them in the top 5% in the nation for “consistently delivering clinical quality.”

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Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry received the Patient Safety Excellence Award in addition to the America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award.

A third hospital in Lake and McHenry counties, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, did not receive the Patient Safety Excellence Award or the Outstanding Patient Experience Award but did receive the America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award.

“As consumers take a more hands-on approach to their healthcare journeys, hospital quality should be a top consideration when choosing where to receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades.

“Our goal at Healthgrades is to offer direct, data-driven insights on the hospitals that make the safety and experience of their patients a top priority and consistently deliver exceptional results in this aspect of care. With this information, consumers can feel confident they’re making the most informed decisions about their healthcare,” Bowman said.

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