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Northwestern Medicine Leadership Message

A Successful Year for the Health System

Best is an endpoint. Better is a quest. Better is believing that, as great as today is, tomorrow is even more promising. The theme of Northwestern Medicine’s Better marketing campaign is the essence of Northwestern Medicine’s patients first culture.

The care we provide to patients was again ranked among the highest in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Four of our hospitals and 13 clinical care specialties were recognized by U.S. News, an achievement that further distinguishes Northwestern Medicine as Chicago’s premier academic health system and underscores our commitment to providing world-class healthcare to our patients.

Together as Northwestern Medicine, we have advanced clinical collaboration for patients like Karen Ambler. Diagnosed with leukemia last year, Karen benefited from work completed by a group of physicians, pharmacists, pathologists and members of our strategy and operations teams to develop the optimal approach to leukemia treatment. Karen’s physician at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital worked with colleagues downtown to coordinate every aspect of her care, which ultimately rendered her cancer-free.

In addition to oncology, similar collaboration is occurring in neurosciences and cardiovascular care. These integrated clinical services will change the way we work together for the benefit of our patients.

At the same time, we are expanding access to Northwestern Medicine so patients like Karen can receive world-class care close to home. Last year, we welcomed KishHealth and Marianjoy to our growing integrated academic health system, and we look forward to Centegra Health joining us this year.

Progress also continues on several multi-year investments, including construction of the new Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital and Kishwaukee Wellness Center as well as implementation of a unified electronic health record across the health system.

Together, our achievements in fiscal year 2016 have resulted in better care for our patients, an improved working environment for our physicians, nurses and staff, and the fiscal resources to invest in our future.

I look forward to another successful year, and am grateful to our physicians, nurses, faculty, staff, students and trainees who make it all possible.

Dean M. Harrison
President and CEO
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

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Read about the medical school’s outstanding achievements in 2016 here.