247 facilities were recognized. St. Mary's was one of four in East Central Illinois, and the only one in Decatur. The hospital has recently opened a new lobby, emergency room and clinical lab. It's also constructing new clinic space for the Prairie Heart Institute.
An editor for U.S. News says the list includes facilities offering a "high level of medical care to communities that might otherwise have limited options." He added all those chosen are considered "high performers" in at least one medical specialty.