Date: 10/25/2010

ST. Mary Medical Center Ranks as Top Hospital with Nurses

HOBART -- St. Mary Medical Center was selected by Chicagoland nurses as a top hospital in the 4th annual Readers’ Choice survey by Advance for Nurses newsmagazine. This is the third consecutive year St. Mary Medical Center was chosen as a top hospital for nurses by the magazine’s Greater Chicago and metropolitan areas of Wisconsin and Indiana readers.

Voting was open to RNs who ranked a selected hospital in areas that matter to nurses: quality of care; organizational culture; professional development; communication and retention efforts. St. Mary Medical Center scored high in all categories.

“We express our deepest appreciation and sincere gratitude to all of our nurses who make significant contributions on a daily basis that impact the lives of the patients and families we serve,” said Tammie Jones, RN, MS, Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Mary Medical Center.

“Because of the efforts of our extraordinary nursing staff, St. Mary Medical Center has become a leader in quality care and a hospital of choice for patients throughout Northwest Indiana,” said Janice Ryba, hospital CEO. “The strength of our nurses comes from the passion they bring to their profession every day and their uncompromising dedication to providing the best care possible to our patients.”

Excellence in patient care has lead St. Mary Medical Center to experience significant growth over the past few years. Projects include a $3.4 million Cardiac Catheterization Lab renovation, a new $6 million Advanced Imaging Center addition, and most recently, a $10.5 million expansion and renovation of the Emergency Department with an expected completion of December 2010.