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Riverside Medical Center

October 05, 2010 23:58 ET

Riverside Now Raising the Bar on South Chicago Illinois Healthcare

KANKAKEE, IL--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) - Riverside Medical Center has now joined the Illinois Hospital Association's (IHA) "Raising the Bar" initiative to continue improving the level of quality of South Chicago Illinois healthcare and patient safety. Two hundred hospitals including Riverside are participating in the "Raising the Bar" initiative to make Illinois a national leader in healthcare. 

Riverside leaders pledged to share best practices through the IHA Quality Care Institute. The pledge includes implementing innovative methods to prevent and reduce infections and other complications leading to unnecessary hospital re-admissions. Riverside signed the Raising the Bar: A Call to Action pledge, proving this Kankakee County hospital is dedicated to patient safety and success.

Phil Kambic, President and CEO of Riverside, stated, "Our signature on the pledge is further evidence of Riverside's everyday mission to provide remarkable, quality healthcare experience to every one of our patients and their families. Riverside is continually recognized as a leader in patient care and safety. And the standards we subscribe to make that possible."

Over the next three years, Illinois hospitals will be "Raising the Bar" on current standards. Hospitals joining the pledge must reduce re-admissions and infections acquired in hospitals along with other complications. Riverside and other Illinois hospitals are "Raising the Bar" to develop and implement key programs to achieve these goals. 

The "Raising the Bar" initiative seeks to help hospitals improve quality in major areas such as lowering 30-day hospital readmission rates for pneumonia, heart attack and congestive heart failure and minimizing infections and conditions acquired in hospitals such as surgical-site infections, C. difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), central-line associated bloodstream infections and pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis following select orthopedic procedures.

By working through IHA's Quality Care Institute, Riverside has access to tools, best practices and essential data from across the state as well as from state and national experts. These facilities help the Southern Chicago suburbs hospital offer better quality and improve patient safety through developing practical approaches for improving patient care and active advocacy to coordinate care.

To find out more about how Riverside Medical Center is "Raising the Bar," visit To learn more about IHA and the Quality Care Institute, visit

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