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Healthgrades Names NCH as Top 5% of Hospitals in the U.S. for Patient Safety Excellence

March 15, 2022

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. The distinction places NCH among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers. This is the second consecutive year NCH is receiving this honor as well as being among the Top 10% of hospitals in the nation for patient safety.

“We are honored by this award which was accomplished by the collective efforts of everyone throughout the organization working together to improve the health of our patients and the communities we serve. This honor exemplifies the values we uphold every day at NCH and throughout NorthShore University HealthSystem,” said NCH Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Tom Oryszczak, D.O.

During the 2018-2020 study period, 170,231 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* Healthgrades found that just four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of all patient safety events: hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery, pressure or bed sores acquired in-hospital, and catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in-hospital.

“Through our 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals that excel in providing top-quality care for their patients while preventing serious injuries during hospital stays,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and head of Data Science, Healthgrades. “We are proud to name NCH as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a priority.”

When it comes to choosing healthcare, quality saves lives, which is why Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals — with data insights not available anywhere else.

Consumers can visit for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award™ methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2021.0.1) for MedPAR data years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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