Illinois Tops in Health Care

Illinois hospitals and clinics provide top-level treatment, the latest technology and are also are engines of economic growth.

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Chicago, Illinois
Jeff Adkins

The presence of major research universities, top medical schools and world-renowned health-care systems make Illinois a leader in medical innovation and expertise.

The treatments and technologies of tomorrow are being developed today in Illinois, where access to top-quality health care is a major contributor to the state’s quality of life.

Hospitals With Impact

The state's 189 hospitals and 216 rural clinics are not only providing top-level treatment and investing in the latest technology, they also are engines of economic growth. More than 425,000 health-care workers in the state include 42,000 physicians and 121,00 nurses.

An Illinois Hospital Association study conducted between January 2008 and November 2011 found:

  • Illinois hospitals contribute $78.7 billion to state and local economies each year.
  • Even during challenging economic times, the health-care sector in Illinois added 39,400 jobs, representing a 7 percent growth between January 2008 and November 2011.
  • The health-care/social assistance sector in the state is projected to add 149,755 jobs by 2018, more than any other sector in the state’s economy.

“In addition to providing vital medical and health-care services to residents, Illinois hospitals are absolutely essential for the state’s economy as a steady, recession-proof source of excellent, well-paying jobs, providing stability and even growth during difficult economic times,” says Maryjane A. Wurth, president and CEO of IHA, says.

Education is Key

Illinois has eight medical schools. Two of them – the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University – are routinely nationally ranked.

“Our school’s national reputation is primarily built on the diverse strengths of its talented faculty,” says Dr. Holly J. Humphrey, dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine. “Our faculty receives some of the highest per capita research funding for a medical school, and our students are taught by this same full-time faculty; this creates a robust educational environment.”

Hospitals across the state are receiving national accolades for the care they provide. Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical CenterAdvocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana were named among the best teaching hospitals in the nation in 2012 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

Dr. William Adair, vice president of clinical transformation at Advocate Christ Medical Center, says that Truven’s recent poll ranked its facility as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country; it’s one of four Illinois hospitals and one of 15 major teaching hospitals to make the list.

“Truven saw that we were able to survive and thrive in an increasingly difficult economic environment,” Adair says. “We also have a relentless pursuit of perfectionism that is achieved through day-to-day diligence. We like to call it servant leadership; it’s embedded in our culture.”

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