High-Quality Care

Awards

Recognitions and Designations

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

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NAEC Level 3 Epilepsy Center

NCH earns epilepsy center accreditation

Northwest Community Hospital is accredited by the NAEC as a level 3 epilepsy center. Level 3 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. Learn more.


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 8 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 by U.S. News & World Report. This annual ranking of Best Hospitals recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
From
History
Notable
U.S. News & World Report
2018-2019
2016-2017
NCH is high performing in colon cancer surgery.
U.S. News & World Report
2018-2019
2016-2017
NCH is high performing in gastroenterology and GI surgery.
U.S. News & World Report
2018-2019
2016-2017
NCH is high performing in heart failure.
U.S. News & World Report
2018-2019
2016-2017
NCH is high performing in knee replacement.
U.S. News & World Report
2016-2017
NCH is high performing in COPD.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND PULMONARY REHABILITATION (AACVPR)
In 2014, NCH's cardiac rehabilitation program earned certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). In 2015, NCH's pulmonary rehabilitation program also earned certification from AACVPR. NCH was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
Award Name
History
Notable
Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonology Rehabilitation
2015–2018 Pulmonary Rehabilitation Distinction
Duration
3 years
Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonology Rehabilitation
2014–2017 Cardiac Rehabilitation Distinction
Duration
3 years
BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW
NCH was recognized as a national forerunner in neuroscience, providing treatment for patients suffering from various conditions and injuries pertaining to the brain and spine.
Award Name
History
Notable
100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs
2016
Read more about the designation.
Duration
1 year
EMERGENCY NURSES ASSOCIATION (ENA)
The award recognizes emergency departments that exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.
Award Name
History
Notable
Lantern Award
2017–2019
One of 22 emergency departments in the nation to receive this prestigious award. Read more.
Duration
3 years
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
America’s 250 Best Hospitals
2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals
America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™
20182019 America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™
America's 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™
2019 America's 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™
America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™
2019 America's 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™
America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™
2017–2019
Clinical Distinction – Northwest Community Hospital is the only hospital in Illinois to receive Healthgrades® Neuroscience, Stroke and Cranial Neurosurgery Specialty Excellence Awards for 2 consecutive years (2017-2018).
Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
2017–2018
Clinical Distinction – Top 5% in the Nation
Patient Safety Excellence Award
2015
Clinical Distinction – Top 10% in the Nation
Cardiac Care Excellence Award
2017–2019
Clinical Distinctions:
Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services in 2019
Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 2 Years in a Row 2018-2019)
Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2019) 
Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award
2016–2017
Clinical Distinctions:
Top 10% in the Nation for 2 Years in a Row (2016-2017)
Coronary Intervention Excellence Award
2019
Clinical Distinctions:
Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2019
Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award
2016–2018
Clinical Distinctions:
Top 5% in the Nation for Cranial Neurosurgery for 2 Years in a Row (2017-2018)
Top 10% in the Nation for 3 Years in a Row (2016-2018)
Critical Care Excellence Award
2019
Clinical Distinctions:
Top 5% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2019
Top 10% in the Nation for Critical Care in 2019
Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award
2014–2017 Clinical Distinctions:
Top 5% in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment in 2019
Top 10% in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019)
Neurosciences Excellence Award
2017–2019
Clinical Distinctions:
Top 5% in the Nation for Neurosciences for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2018)
Top 10% in the Nation for Neurosciences for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2018)
Pulmonary Care Excellence Award
2017–2019
Clinical Distinctions:
Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2 Years in a Row (2018-2019)
Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2019)
Stroke Care Excellence Award
2017–2019
Clinical Distinctions:
Top 5% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2019)
Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2019)
Coronary Bypass Surgery Five-Star Recipient 2016–2017
Cardiac Distinction
Coronary Interventional Procedures Five-Star Recipient 2019
Cardiac Distinction
Treatment of Heart Attack Five-Star Recipient 2019
Cardiac Distinction
Treatment of Heart Failure Five-Star Recipient 2016–2019
Cardiac Distinction
Cranial Neurosurgery Five-Star Recipient 2016–2018
Neurosciences Distinction
Treatment of Stroke Five-Star Recipient
2005–2019 Neurosciences Distinction
Colorectal Surgeries Five-Star Recipient 2016–2019
Gastrointestinal Distinction
Esophageal/Stomach Surgeries Five-Star Recipient 2016–2019
Gastrointestinal Distinction
Treatment of Bowel Obstruction Five-Star Recipient 20152019
Gastrointestinal Distinction
Treatment of GI Bleed Five-Star Recipient
2019
2014–2016
Gastrointestinal Distinction
Treatment of Pancreatitis Five-Star Recipient 2016–2017
Gastrointestinal Distinction
Treatment of Diabetic Emergencies Five-Star Recipient
2017
Critical Care Distinction
Treatment of Pneumonia Five-Star Recipient
2017–2019
Pulmonary Distinction
Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism Five-Star Recipient 2018–2019
2015–2016
Critical Care Distinction
Treatment of Respiratory Failure Five-Star Recipient 2019
Critical Care Distinction
Treatment of Sepsis Five-Star Recipient
2015–2019
Critical Care Distinction
Vaginal Deliveries Five-Star Recipient
2015 Labor and Delivery Distinction
Hip Fracture Treatment Five-Star Recipient
2015–2016 Orthopedics Distinction
Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Five-Star Recipient
2014–2019
Pulmonary Distinction
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS' 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
Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award
2017 The purpose of the award is to encourage cancer programs to raise the bar on quality cancer care, with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness about high quality, patient-centered care.
Cancer Program 3-Year Approval with Commendation
2017–2020
2014–2017
2011–2014
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 SURGEONS' NATIONAL ACCREDITATION PROGRAM FOR BREAST CENTERS (NAPBC)
The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
Accreditation
Accreditation Name
History
Notable
Accredited Breast Center
2018–2021 A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
Duration
3 years
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.
Advanced Certification for Palliative Care
2016-2018
2014-2015
2012-2013
NCH was the first hospital in Illinois and among the first 10 acute care hospitals in the Nation to receive this advanced certification.
Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center
2016 NCH is among approximately 100 healthcare organizations in the country to receive this certification that recognizes highly-specialized stroke care. Requirements include advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and providing staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.
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
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.
2018
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
2016–2018
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
2019
2016
2015
2009
One of only 18 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
2016
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® Atrial Fibrillation Award Silver 2019 Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association® to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus 2018, 2019 Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus: Time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA AND time to thrombolytic therapy within 45 minutes in 50 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA (current criteria and same volume thresholds).
Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite 2017 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