Presence St. Mary’s, originally known as the Emergency Hospital, was opened in March 1897 by the Sister Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary. In 1925, it was re-named St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1997, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary combined with the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Sisters of Mercy of Americas to form Provena Health and the hospital name changed to Provena St. Mary’s Hospital. This merger allowed the hospital to expand its services and increase the level of complete health care. In 2011, Provena Health merged with the Resurrection Health Care system to form what it is now called Presence Health. This merger changed the hospital name to Presence St. Mary's Hospital.
Presence St. Mary's Hospital is a 186 bed acute care facility with a Level II Emergency/Trauma Center. Presence St. Mary’s Hospital provides many health care services such as a Regional Cancer Center, Rehabilitation Services, Family Birthing Center, Pediatric Unit, Mental Health Services, Sleep Diagnostic Centre, Breast Health Center, Renal Dialysis Centre, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Wound Care, Infusion Center, Breast Health Center, Occupational Health, MedSpa and a Total Fitness Center.
In 2011 Presence St. Mary’s Hospital received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2011 – one of only 94 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes Presence St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that Presence St. Mary’s Hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
In 2011 a national healthcare company, Professional Research Consultants, recognized four departments of Presence St. Mary's Hospital, as well as the hospital itself, with "Excellence in Healthcare Awards." This is the second time in the hospital's history that it has been recognized with a total of five awards for excellence in one year.
The Family Birthing Center (inpatient OB/GYN), inpatient medical care (5E), and outpatient radiology (Bourbonnais Imaging) were 5-Star Award winners and lauded for overall quality of care. The Emergency Department and the hospital (administration, anesthesia services, nursing care, and surgical services) received 4-Star Awards.
In 2012 the Advanced Primary Stroke Center of Presence St. Mary’s Hospital has attained advanced re-certification by The Joint Commission (TJC). This means that the center provides the next generation of stroke care and has met and seeks to maintain TJC’s high standards in providing stroke care.
In 2012 The Family Birthing Center of Presence St. Mary’s Hospital was recognized as an Overall Top Performer by the PRC National Excellence in Healthcare Awards. It is the highest annual honor given to a healthcare inpatient unit. To qualify for the 5-Star level of the award, patients rated the Family Birthing Center as “Excellent” for Overall Quality of Care at or above the 100th percentile.
In 2012, Presence St. Mary’s Hospital has received full Heart Failure Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), formerly known as the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This accreditation demonstrates the dedication of Presence St. Mary’s Hospital to effectively manage the increasing number of heart failure patients who come to the Emergency Department for clinical assessment and treatment.
In 2013, Presence St. Mary's Hospital was twice rewarded an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group - both in the spring and fall of 2013. The scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections.
In 2013, Presence St. Mary’s Hospital was named to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Hospitals for 2013-2014. Presence St. Mary’s Hospital was ranked 21st in Illinois. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.