High-Quality Care

Awards

Recognitions and Designations

Northwest Community Healthcare is always working to provide you with the best possible patient careā€”and it shows. Here are just a few of the many awards and designations we've recently achieved.

Awards table
AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER (ANCC)
Awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, this four-year designation is the highest level of recognition that nursing services can obtain. The American Nurses Credentialing Center awards Magnet status to hospitals that exhibit exemplary patient outcomes and satisfaction, have impressive nurse-to-patient ratios, and attract and retain the best nursing staff.
Award Name
History
Notable
Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence
2015–2019
2010–2014
2006–2010
Only 7 percent of healthcare organizations across the country have earned Magnet status.
Duration
4 years
U.S. News & World Report
NCH has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in the state for 2014-2015 by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, NCH is listed as "high performing" in 10 specialty areas. This annual ranking of Best Hospitals recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
From
History
Notable
U.S. News & World Report
Designations
2014–2015
2013–2014
2012–2013
2011–2012
2014-2015 is the fourth consecutive year that NCH has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

NCH is #44 in the nation in the medical specialty of Ear, Nose and Throat.

NCH is listed as high-ranking in the specialty areas of cancer, ear/nose/throat, gastroenterology/GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation's top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.
Duration
1 year
HEALTHGRADES
Healthgrades is a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, reporting on quality of care, patient safety and more.
Award
Award Name
History
Notable
Patient Safety Excellence Award
2015
Clinical Distinction -- Top 10% in the nation
Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award
2015
2014
Gastrointestinal Distinction -- Top 5% in the nation
Treatment of Bowel Obstruction Five-Star Recipient 2015
Gastrointestinal Distinction
Treatment of GI Bleed Five-Star Recipient
2015
2014
Gastrointestinal Distinction
Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism Five-Star Recipient 2015
Critical Care Distinction
Treatment of Sepsis Five-Star Recipient
2015 Critical Care Distinction
Treatment of Stroke Five-Star Recipient
2015
2014
2013
Neurosciences Distinction
Hip Fracture Treatment Five-Star Recipient
2015 Orthopedics Distinction
Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Five-Star Recipient
2015
2014
Pulmonary Distinction
Vaginal Deliveries Five-Star Recipient
2015 Labor and Delivery Distinction
THE JOINT COMMISSION
The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.
Award
Award Name
History
Notable
The Gold Seal of Approval®
2014-2016
2011-2013
2006-2009
The Gold Seal is a national symbol of quality that reflects NCH's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Top Performer on Key Quality Measures
2013 Recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in performance measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Advanced Certification for Palliative Care
2014-2015
2012-2013
NCH was the first hospital in IL and among the first 10 acute care hospitals in the nation to receive this advanced certification.
Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Center
2014-2016
2012-2014
2010-2012
2008-2010
2006-2008
One of only two hospitals in the Northwest Suburbs to be designated for having the critical elements to improve stroke care. Enables us to perform advanced procedures that can reduce or eliminate after-effects of stroke.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
NCH's Pediatric Emergency Department is designated as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). Our EDAP offers a higher level of care by ensuring 24-hour physician coverage, a 75 percent or higher level of physicians who are board-certified in emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine, and a 75 percent or higher level of nursing staff certified in Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS), among other requirements. EDAP hospitals must also have equipment that takes into account the size and stage of development of children.
Accreditation
Accreditation Name
History
Notable
Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP)
2014-2017
2010-2014
 
Pediatric Emergency Department staffed by Lurie Children's Hospital board-certified emergency specialists.
Duration
3 year
COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTS
The goal of the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is to improve patient safety by advancing the quality of pathology and laboratory services through education, standard setting and ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements. Upon successful completion of the inspection process, the laboratory is awarded CAP accreditation and becomes part of an exclusive group of more than 7,000 laboratories worldwide that have met the highest standards of excellence necessary to achieve laboratory accreditation.
Accreditation Accreditation Name
History
Notable
Laboratory Accreditation

Most recent accreditation October 2013
NCH is one of nearly 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide, and has been continuously accredited by CAP since 1972.
Duration
2 years
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Northwest Community Healthcare received this award for its organ and tissue donations through the Gift of Hope.
Award
Award Name
History
Notable
Silver Medal of Honor for Organ Donation Efforts
2012
NCH is one of only 237 hospitals across the country to earn this distinction.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEON'S COMMISSION ON CANCER (COC)
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accreditation Program encourages hospitals, treatment centers and other facilities to improve their quality of patient care. Recognizing that cancer is a complex group of diseases, the CoC Cancer Program Standards promote consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.
Accreditation
Accreditation Name
History
Notable
Cancer Program 3-Year Approval with Accomendation
2014-2017
2009–2011
2006–2009
This accreditation symbolizes NCH's commitment to meeting rigourous standards and improving the quality of care for patients with cancer.
Duration
3 years
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY / AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR RADIATION ONCOLOGY
Awarded by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), this three-year accreditation represents the highest level of quality care and patient safety achievable in radiation oncology.
Accreditation
Accreditation Name
History
Notable
Radiation oncology accredited facility.

Additional accreditations include: Computed Tomagraphy, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, PET, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy and Ultrasound.
2014-2017
2011–2014
Awarded only to facilities that meet or exceed specific practice guidelines and technical standards. Hospitals undergo a rigorous site review by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists.
Duration
3 years
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
2012–2015
To receive the designation from the ACR, NCH's Breast Center earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound. Peer-review evaluations conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and expert medical physicists determined that the NCH Breast Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
Duration
3 years
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ILLINOIS
Healthcare organizations designated as Blue Distinction Centers have demonstrated their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. The 2014 Blue Star Hospital Report – based on the 2014 Annual Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) Hospital Profile – summarizes the results of quality and safety performance measures for 100 Illinois hospitals.
Accreditation Accreditation Name History Notable
Blue Star Rating, Blue Cross HMO
2014
2013
2012
2011
Earning Blue Stars for Structure, Patient Experience, Efficiency, and Informed Decision Making.
Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care
2015
2009
One of only 16 hospitals in Illinois to earn this distinction. Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care provide a full range of cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery.
Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement
2013
One of only 28 hospitals in Illinois to earn this distinction. Northwest Community Hospital has earned Blue Cross Blue Shield's Blue Distinction Center+ "Total Value" designation for knee and hip replacements. This designation signifies that NCH met nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria developed with input from the medical community, and also met cost measures that address consumers' need for affordable healthcare.
INTERSOCIETAL COMMISSION FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY LABORATORIES (ICAEL)
Our Echo Lab was one of the first in the area to be accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL), acknowledging our commitment to excellence and implementation of evidenced-based protocols.
Accreditation Accreditation Name History Notable
Echo Lab Accreditation 2013, 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001 One of the first hospitals in the Northwest Suburbs to be accredited.
Duration
3 years
AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION / AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Get with the Guidelines® Stroke puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to work for hospital teams, helping to ensure the care provided to stroke patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines.
Award Award Name History Notable
Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll 2015 (Gold Plus, Target: Stroke)
2014 (Gold Plus)
2013 (Gold Plus)
2012 (Gold Plus)
2011 (Gold Plus)
2010 (Silver)
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award hospitals must achieve 85 percent compliance with all of the program's key measures and have maintained this performance for two consecutive 12-month periods, as well as meet specific stroke quality measures. NCH strongly adheres to evidence-based guidelines that include the aggressive use of medications and smoking cessation, all at aimed at reducing death and disability due to stroke.
NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE
The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.
Accreditation Accreditation Name History Notable
Level 3 Recognition - Patient Centered Medical Home for NCH Medical Group 2014
The NCH Medical Group is part of our Integrated System of Care, connecting you with the care you need. Learn about the NCH Medical Group.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Award Award Name History Notable
Illinois Heliport of the Year 2015 Read about Emergency Care at NCH 
Read about Pediatric Emergency Care at NCH