For the 26th year in a row, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has earned the designation of “Best Hospital” from the U.S. News & World Report.

To compile the list, the independent news organization analyzes data from nearly 5,000 adult and children’s hospitals. RIC has topped the list every year since 1991, and is the only hospital of its kind with this distinction, according to a media release from RIC.

“RIC’s pioneering spirit has come to define the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and it’s an honor to once again earn the recognition of physicians and U.S. News & World Report,” says Joanne C. Smith, MD, RIC’s president and CEO, in the release.

Future endeavors include the $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, a state-of-the-art research hospital.

Slated to open in March 2017, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab will be the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators, and technologists will work together in the same space, applying (or “translating”) research in real time, according to the release.

For more information, visit Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

[Source: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago]