Memorial Health Hospitals Among Region’s ‘Best’

Springfield Memorial Hospital was again recognized as a Best Regional Hospital for West Central Illinois and one of the top hospitals in the state. U.S. News evaluated 215 hospitals in Illinois with the nonprofit hospital coming in at 24th. Springfield Memorial Hospital was one of only three hospitals in the state outside of Chicago to be ranked.


“This is a wonderful achievement. These recognitions from U.S. News & World Report reflect the continued commitment of our colleagues to provide our patients with the highest levels of safety, quality and service,” said Chuck Callahan, president of Memorial Health Hospital Group and president and CEO of Springfield Memorial Hospital.


Decatur Memorial Hospital was recognized by U.S. News for excellence in four areas of care: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, knee replacement and stroke.

“Looking at the procedures and conditions for which our hospital was recognized, we see issues that affect most everyone in our region,” said Drew Early, president and CEO of Decatur Memorial Hospital. “Most people in our community, for example, have personally experienced or know someone who has experienced knee replacement or stroke. Decatur Memorial Hospital’s high marks in these areas show we are providing the best quality and most necessary care to our patients, right here at home.”


In addition to its Best Regional Hospital recognition, Springfield Memorial Hospital was deemed excellent in eight areas of care: colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart attack, kidney failure, knee replacement, hip replacement and lung cancer surgery.


"Thanks to the commitment of our nurses, physicians and thousands of others on our staff, Memorial continues to provide exceptional care and outcomes to the communities we serve,” said Rajesh Govindaiah, senior vice president and chief physician executive at Memorial Health. “I’m proud our culture of collaboration, innovation and ongoing education is making a difference in people’s lives and raising the quality of the care we provide.”


US News & World Report, a consumer-focused reporting body, looks at hospital performance in 15 adult specialties, 10 pediatric specialties and 20 surgical procedures and medical conditions to determine rank and rating.


The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive quality care for challenging health conditions or elective procedures.