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Presence Saint Joseph among best in Chicago

Published: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 6:59 a.m. CDT

JOLIET, Ill. — What does Joliet’s very own Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center have in common with Northwestern, Rush, University of Chicago and Loyola University Medical Center?

They were all selected as hospitals to consider if you or a family member finds out they have a serious illness.

Chicago Magazine’s recently ranked Saint Joseph in Joliet among the best hospitals in the Chicago area. Of the 97 hospitals in the six-county metro area, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center ranked 11th on the prestigious list. The magazine analyzed data on medical quality from various sources, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association and the Illinois Department of Public Health. The data was weighted by topics of survival, reputation, facilities and services, staffing, and safety.

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s was specifically acclaimed for its robust subspecialties in cancer, neurology and orthopedics. The magazine also recognized that as part of the newly formed Presence Health, the Medical Center now has an expanded potential for collaboration with providers throughout the entire Chicago metro area.

The elite ranking also took into account the Hospital Safety Scores awarded and published by the Leapfrog Group. Saint Joseph in Joliet was recently awarded an “A” grade based on the Medical Center’s excellence in managing preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

“We are extraordinarily proud to have received this honor, which highlights the exceptional performance of our physicians, nurses and staff,” said Beth Hughes, president and CEO. “Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center remains committed to providing the very best quality of health care to the entire south suburbs.”

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