At the Forefront of MedicineFor more than 100 years, we’ve been recognized for our groundbreaking research, cutting-edge treatments and innovative care.
The Joint Commission
We are fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation's leading organization for accreditation and certification of health care organizations.
In addition to achieving this standard, UChicago Medicine has received special certifications from the Joint Commission for the following programs:
- Comprehensive Stroke Center: We were the first Chicago hospital to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a level of certification reserved for institutions with specific abilities to receive and treat complex stroke cases.
- Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Certification: We received a Ventricular Assist Device Certification after undergoing a rigorous review process to ensure we provide high-quality, effective VAD care as an alternative to transplantation.
The Leapfrog Group
We earned our 19th consecutive ‘A’ in hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group; UChicago Medicine has earned sequential top marks since Leapfrog began producing its twice yearly survey in 2012.
Cellular Therapy Accreditation
UChicago Medicine was the first medical center in Illinois to be accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy for all adult and pediatric cellular therapy services, including autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplant therapy, bone marrow and apheresis collection and processing services for the purposes of preparing cellular therapy products.
Accredited Cystic Fibrosis Centers
Our adult and pediatric cystic fibrosis programs are accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which performs yearly reviews to ensure the best care.
Pulmonary Hypertension Association Accreditation
UChicago Medicine’s Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center was the first in Illinois to be recognized by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association for our dedication to making proper diagnoses and appropriately and comprehensively managing PAH patients.
Important Designations & Distinctions
National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers
With more than 200 of the brightest minds in cancer research, our Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in Illinois. Learn more about our cancer care and cancer research.
Geriatric Medicine and Training Center of Excellence
Because our geriatric medicine experts train our scientists and clinicians in the knowledge and skills needed to ensure quality health care for older adults, UChicago Medicine is a John A. Hartford Foundation-designated Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Distinction for Specialty Care
We're designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Specialty Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield for demonstrating expertise in delivering quality health care in the categories of:
- Bariatric surgery
- Complex and rare cancers
- Knee and hip replacement
- Maternity Care
- Spine surgery
LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader
The University of Chicago Medicine was named an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) for the fifth year in a row for the academic medical center's inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.
Top Teaching Hospital
We were named a Top Hospital in the teaching category for the second year in a row by Leapfrog.
Excellence in Care
We received the prestigious 2018 Magnet Recognition Program designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the highest standards of nursing excellence and professional performance in a variety of areas, including evidence-based practice and research, education, ethics, leadership and collaboration.
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association
We received the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment. We also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award for meeting quality measures to reduce the time between a patient’s hospital arrival and treatment with tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
Adult Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Center of Excellence
The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) recognized UChicago Medicine as a center of excellence for adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), while our pediatric ECMO program received a Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support.
Outstanding Physicians & Researchers
The University of Chicago Medicine is proud to have been affiliated with 12 winners of this prestigious award.
Eighty-two physicians from UChicago Medicine were selected to be part of Chicago Magazine’s 2019 Top Doctors.
Thirteen of our cardiologists are recognized in Chicago Magazine’s 2018 Top Cardiologists.
Why Choose UChicago Medicine
We are advancing the forefront of health every day by bringing research to reality and advanced care closer to our patients. Welcome to the forefront.
Awards & Accreditations
UChicago Medicine is continually recognized as a leader in medicine — both in patient care and research.
Learn why we are at the forefront of medicine.
UChicago Medicine is committed to improving health and wellness in the communities where our neighbors live, work, learn and play. Through valued partnerships, UChicago Medicine leverages the strengths and talents of existing community relationships to address chronic conditions and other complex health needs on Chicago's historic South Side and in our Southland region.
Expertise & Experience
UChicago Medicine is one of the nation's leading academic medical institutions. We have been at the forefront of medical care since 1927, when we first opened to patients.
Quality & Safety
At UChicago Medicine, providing highly effective, safe patient care is central to everything we do. Here, teams of experts work together to ensure we follow the highest standards for quality care — from preventing infections and continuously improving surgical care to achieving high success rates and patient volumes for even the most complex procedures.
Research & Innovation
UChicago Medicine is home to physicians who are pioneers in their fields, bringing research to reality and making the extraordinary possible. From breakthroughs in immunotherapy to game-changing orthopaedics, we bring you the most advanced health care treatments.