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Awards & Accolades

Lurie Children's is proud to be recognized for the following awards, accolades and achievements. 

Named Among the Top Children's Hospitals 

In the 2021-22 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Children’s Hospitals, Lurie Children’s continues to be the top children’s hospital in Illinois, ranking in all 10 specialties. Learn more about our badges and rankings.

Magnet Recognized

Lurie Children’s is one of less than five percent of all hospitals to have received Magnet® recognition five times by The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. The hospital is the first hospital in Illinois and the first free-standing pediatric hospital in the nation to achieve five designations. Read more about our Magnet status.

Newsweek’s World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022

Lurie Children's was awarded on Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022. This award was presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

The World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022 ranking identifies the best hospitals that specialize in Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Cardiac Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Pulmonology. Learn more.

America’s Best Midsize Employers - Forbes

In 2021, Lurie Children's was named one of America's Best Midsize Employers by Forbes. The annual Forbes ranking honors employers based on an independent survey asking employees to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. 

Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)

Lurie Children’s has been awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). AAHRPP promotes high quality, ethically sound research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their research protection programs. As an independent, non-profit accrediting body, AAHRPP uses a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model to ensure that human research protection programs meet rigorous standards.

Parents Magazine Most Innovative Children's Hospitals

Lurie Children's was named by Parents magazine as one of the country’s 20 most innovative children’s hospitals in 2018. To compile the list, the magazine sent a detailed survey to 162 hospital members of the Children’s Hospital Association, asking about published studies, patents, technology use, partnerships, and innovations across specialty areas. The winning hospitals were selected because they adopted the latest technologies and successfully implemented their own innovations that made a difference in their patients’ lives.

Joint Commission Top Performer

In 2011 and 2012, Lurie Children’s was recognized as a Top Performer in The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ program. Lurie Children’s made the list for achieving excellence on its accountability measures in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for children’s asthma during 2011 and 2010. In 2012, Lurie Children’s was among just seven hospitals in the country to earn the Top Performer award for children’s asthma.

LEED-certified to the Gold Level

In 2014, the U.S. Green Building Council designated Lurie Children’s with the second highest sustainability rating, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The LEED® green building program is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings.

Level 1 Pediatric Surgery Center

Lurie Children’s was named a level I pediatric surgery center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), becoming the first children’s hospital in Illinois to earn this status.

Other Awards & Recognitions

A ChildKind Hospital: ​Lurie Children's has received international recognition from ChildKind International​ for its exceptional commitment to the prevention and treatment of children's pain. 

2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired: Lurie Children’s earned the 2020 College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a certified level 8. The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired program conducts an annual survey to assess how effectively healthcare organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities.

Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation recognized Lurie Children's as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” based on our top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate our commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients and their families.

Becker’s Hospital Review's 100 Great Hospitals in America: Lurie Children’s is included in Becker's Hospital Review's 2017 list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.” This list was based on nominations and evaluation of hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Leapfrog Group and other resources. Becker’s Hospital Review is a monthly publication on business and legal issues relating to hospitals and health systems.

Top 30 Nurse-Friendly U.S. Hospitals: Lurie Children's was recognized by as one of the 30 Most Nurse-Friendly Hospitals in the U.S. based on our benefits program, training opportunities and employee appreciation.

Top Doctors in Chicago 2018:  Chicago magazine named several Lurie Children's doctors to its Top Doctors in Chicago 2018 list. See which physicians were recognized.

HAVE Volunteer Award: American Hospital Association (AHA) honored Lurie Children’s volunteer program, ParentWise, with its Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE).

Business Impact of the Year Award: The Magnificent Mile Association recognized Lurie Children’s with its Business Impact of the Year Award, presented to a business that demonstrates innovative ideas that impact the Magnificent Mile neighborhood.

IHA Quality Excellence Achievement Award: The Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) awarded Lurie Children's the Quality Excellence Achievement Award​ in the Urban Hospital category at the 2013 IHA Leadership Summit. We were recognized for our SOS: Save Our Skin – Pediatric Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program.​

Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association:
Lurie Children's is one of 17 hospital emergency departments nationwide to receive the Lantern Award. This award is a visible symbol of an emergency department’s commitment to quality, presence of a healthy work environment and accomplishment in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. Learn more about the Latern award.

Hospital Design Awards

Division, Department and Program Awards

2014 Path to Excellence Award: Our inpatient care units were recognized by the National Research Corporation for their quality of care improvement and their increased focus on patient-centered care. The annual award is given to hospitals and healthcare innovators recognized as leading the way toward patient-centered care.

SCCM Award: The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) was recently recognized by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) National Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the winner of the 2013 ICU Design Citation Award. This is an annual award that is given to an intensive care unit that is new or has been redesigned.

Children’s Hospital Association C.A.R.E. Award: Lurie Children’s received important honors for quality of care at the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) Leadership Conference. Mary Lynn Rae, RN, MSN, CPON, Clinical Educator, won the prestigious C.A.R.E. (Champion of Analytics and Research Excellence) Award, which recognizes children’s hospitals for their data-driven examination and advancement of improved, efficient, safe, timely and effective care using CHA analytics resources.

Excellence in Care Award: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA/Chicago) presented Lurie Children’s with an Excellence in Care Award for providing outstanding services, preventive education and outreach to people in the Chicago area who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or are at risk of infection.

Siemens' Right Dose Excellence Award: In December 2013, our Department of Medical Imaging was given the Pediatric Imaging and Dose Consistency Award for outstanding use of low radiation dose CT scans. Our medical imaging staff is part of the nationwide Image Gently movement to reduce radiation exposure.

Patient-Centered Medical Home Program: In 2015, Lurie Children's Pediatrics - Uptown was recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home Program by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.