Three-year-old Charlie was at a family party when he suddenly could not move his arm and his speech slurred—he was having a stroke. Quickly diagnosed with a rare condition, Charlie benefited from leading-edge services at Lurie Children’s, giving him the best chance at reaching his potential. Watch a video about Charlie, Dr. Amanda Saratsis and the other caregivers who provided the care that saved his life at

Leading the Way

Annual Report 2014

An extraordinary place for healing and family-centered care, Lurie Children’s provides unmatched care to the region’s most critically ill children. At the same time, the hospital team is developing an innovative business model that creates the conditions for higher quality, better outcomes and lower costs through strategic partnerships and coordinated care.

Leading transformation

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is leading the way in healthcare transformation by focusing on one goal: to provide all children access to the best care in the most convenient and cost-effective setting. We are accomplishing this through the development of new partnerships, recruitment of the best and brightest pediatric specialists and researchers, and the creation of new models of care for improved coordination and quality.

We continue to advance in national rankings in U.S. News & World Report. This year, we are #8 overall and have five specialties in the top 10. We are extending our expertise to serve more children locally, nationally and globally.

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Lurie Children’s at the Forefront in National Rankings

Lurie Children’s was ranked 8th in U.S.News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll for 2014-2015 and was the only hospital in Illinois to be ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties. The national Honor Roll recognizes pediatric hospitals with high scores in at least three specialties. The hospital also had five specialties in the top 10, including Gastroenterology (2nd), Neurology/Neurosurgery (4th), Urology (5th), Cancer (6th), and Kidney Disease (9th).

Extending our expertise

Locally and regionally:
Already #1 in caring for more children than any other hospital in Illinois, Lurie Children's now provides care at 14 partner hospitals and 11 outpatient sites throughout the Chicago metro area. In the last year we began providing pediatric services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, and our outpatient center in Grayslake expanded.

Nationally and internationally:
Lurie Children’s expertise is recognized far beyond the Chicago area. We cared for children from 50 states and 48 countries, and our new International Patient Services Department assists families from outside the U.S. with referrals to financial assistance, treatment and discharge, and interpreting services in more than 180 languages. See the reach of our care in this video.

Lurie Children’s is navigating a steady course through the shifting healthcare landscape to ensure Chicago area children get the care they need. Want to know more about our new healthcare business models? This animated video maps it out for you.