SOURCE: Riverside Medical Center

April 23, 2008 04:59 ET

Riverside Now One of the Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation

KANKAKEE, IL--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - Riverside is proud to be one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation according to Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Benchmarks For Success. This prestigious award signifies Riverside's commitment to patient safety, clinical outcomes and efficient financial performance. One of the leading hospitals in the Chicago area, Riverside offers a superior cardiac rehab program and a range of other health services including independent retirement living and bariatrics.

Thomson is a leading provider of information and solutions for improving the quality and cost of health care across the country. Phil Kambic, President and CEO of Riverside, states, "Being a 100 Top Hospital is a tremendous honor for Riverside. This places us among the elite hospitals in the nation and is truly something all of our employees, physicians and the community should take great pride in. An award like this is not earned without the cooperation of many people working toward the same goal: to provide the best patient care possible."

Riverside was also named a 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospital by Thomson in November, 2007. This honor was bestowed upon Riverside right after being named the number one Illinois hospital for cardiac surgery by HealthGrades in October, 2007. Finally, Riverside was the recipient of the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety Award for the past three years. Kambic comments, "These awards are great but what is more significant is the hard work, attention to detail and commitment to providing quality care that is behind each one. We are fortunate to have such dedicated men and women on the frontline of care here at Riverside."

According to Thomson's estimates, if every Medicare inpatient got the same level of care as the people treated at 100 Top Hospital winners, over 138,000 patient complications could be avoided every year. Further, at least 120,000 additional patients would survive if they received the level of care given at Top 100 Hospital winners such as Riverside. A provider of Chicago south suburbs healthcare, Riverside is a not-for-profit medical facility with medical campuses in Bourbonnais and Kankakee and nine community health centers in Grundy, Kankakee and Will counties.

Patients seeking a caring cardiac rehabilitation program, a dedicated women's diagnostic center and a myriad of other health services will find comfort at Riverside, a Chicagoland hospital named one of the top 100 in the nation.

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