SOURCE: Riverside Medical Center

Riverside Medical Center - Kankakee, IL

November 17, 2010 09:26 ET

Riverside Medical Center Ranked #1 for Spine Surgery in Illinois

KANKAKEE, IL--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) - Riverside Medical Center has the number one spine surgery program in Illinois, according to a report just released by HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Riverside also claims one of the state's top orthopedic surgery programs, the report said.

"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 teams not only lead our region, but are a leader in the state and among the top 5% in the nation," said Phil Kambic, Riverside President and CEO.

According to the study, the spine surgery program at Riverside Medical Center, an Illinois Hospital, ranked first in the state among hospitals and received the Spine Surgery Excellence Award. Riverside also ranked 2nd in the state and among the top 5% in the nation for overall orthopedic services receiving including five star ratings for its joint, hip and knee replacement. The hospital's Stroke Care program is also among the top 10% in the nation. 

"Our hospital is consistently recognized for award winning care," said Kambic. "Every day, our people do what they do best by making a remarkably positive impact on the health and well-being of every patient."

The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records over a three-year period.

HealthGrades' hospital ratings are the leading objective, actionable quality measures based solely on clinical performance made available to the public.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72% lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 53% lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

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