Kankakee Receives 5 Stars for Newborn Deliveries

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AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee Again Receives 5 Stars from Healthgrades for Newborn Deliveries

Aug. 30, 2021 (Kankakee, Ill.) — AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee has for a second consecutive year been recognized as a 5-star recipient for both vaginal and cesarean deliveries by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

The 5-star rating highlights that the hospital’s clinical outcomes for both delivery methods are statistically significantly better than expected, placing it among the national leaders.

“This is yet another incredible outcome from an amazing team,” said Chris Shride, president of AMITA St. Mary’s Kankakee. “The national designation proves that, even with the pandemic’s challenges, our labor and delivery team provides the safest care for all our new moms and babies. We’re all so proud of their success and the industry-leading best practices they offer our community.”

When Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 16 states for years 2017 through 2019, it found a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5 stars and those that have not. For example, women having a cesarean delivery in hospitals that have received 5 stars, on average, had a 59.2% lower risk of experiencing a complication than if they were treated by hospitals that had received only 1 star.

“Women can feel confident selecting a hospital recognized with a 5-star rating for providing exceptional women’s care. We commend the organizations that receive this achievement and for their ongoing commitment to providing exceptional care for their patients,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer for Healthgrades.

More information is available on Healthgrades’ hospital quality awards and methodologies.

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AMITA Health (www.AMITAhealth.org) is a joint operating company formed by AdventHealth in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and St. Louis-based Ascension. AMITA Health is the largest health system in Illinois, comprising 19 hospitals and more than 230 sites of care. The health system has 900 providers in its medical groups, more than 26,000 associates and 7,000 physician partners and serves over 6.6 million residents in the greater Chicagoland area.