Kankakee Hospitals Rack Up on Top Rankings

By Kevin Litwin on July 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett

Riverside Medical Center continues to collect top rankings for service and care. In 2010, the hospital's spine surgery program was named No. 1 in the state of Illinois by HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent health-care ratings group. Riverside also has one of the state's top orthopedic surgery programs and maintains five-star ratings in a variety of areas, including cardiac care, stroke treatment, and knee and hip replacement.

"When it comes to getting you back to doing what you love, we are proud to say that Riverside Medical Center's neurosurgery and orthopedics team not only lead our region, but are a leader in the state and among the top 5 percent in the nations," says Phil Kambic, Riverside President and CEO.

One reason for its success is that the hospital has been able to attract top physicians and nurses from around the country. The hospital's Stroke Care program is among the top 10 percent in the nation and holds a five-star rating for heart valve replacement surgery. Meanwhile, Provena St. Mary's Hospital, also in Kankakee, does well in the heart department, too. St. Mary's has an award-winning chest pain department, and is one of only 16 hospitals in Illinois accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Oh, My Aching Back
Riverside Medical has targeted the ailment that afflicts 80 percent of adults at least once, and is the second-leading cause of lost work and hospital stays – back problems. The hospital has created a one-stop-shop Spine Center that quickly gets patients into treatment – whether for therapy, pain management or surgery – and streamlines a process that too often is frustrating and confusing. The Spine Center treats ailments such as degenerative disk disease, arthritis of the spine, compression fractures, low back and neck pain, whiplash and deformities. This attention to back care has prompted HealthGrades to also recognize Riverside Medical in the field of neurosurgery.

Enter This Beautiful Place
Provena St. Mary's recently completed a $2 million renovation project that saw upgrades to the entire first floor. The project included transforming white and sterile common areas – including the entrance – into more inviting spaces with soft lighting and earth tones.

“People are often scared when they come into a hospital, and we want them to feel as comfortable as possible,” says Melissa Tanner, marketing and public relations manager at Provena St. Mary's.

Tanner adds that in 2009, the hospital was recognized by HealthGrades, receiving the Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety. The designation ranks St. Mary's in the top 5 percent of health-care providers across the United States for patient safety. In addition, the hospital has five-star ratings for total knee replacement, hip fracture repair and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Other Services Offered at Kankakee's Two Hospitals
Provena St. Mary's: Behavioral health, Cardiovascular services, Family Birthing Center, Level II Trauma Center, Occupational Health Center, Physical therapy, Renal Dialysis Center, Wellness and Fitness Center
Riverside Medical: Behavioral health, Cancer Institute, Diabetes care, Geriatrics care, OB-GYN services, Orthopedics, Outpatient Infusion Center, Physical rehabilitation, Senior living, Sleep Center, Speech therapy, Women's services

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