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NCH receives strong accolades in Stroke Care and Patient Safety

May 10, 2022

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) ranks among the Top 5 in Illinois for Stroke Care according to a new analysis released by Healthgrades. NCH is also a recipient of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care for a 6th year in a row (2017-2022). For the State Ranking analysis, Healthgrades evaluated clinical performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide focusing on eight key specialties across a mix of chronic, urgent and planned clinical areas.

“This award, announced the same day as our seven-time Leapfrog quality grade of A, reflects our combined commitment and ability to serve our patients and the community with the highest standards of excellence in quality care,” NCH CEO and President Steve Scogna says. “To be named Top 5 in Illinois for Stroke Care is reflective of our passion to bring the best neuro care close to our patient’s homes.”

Hospitals recognized as among the Top Ranked in their state by Healthgrades are providing patients with measurably superior clinical outcomes. From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving a state ranking for Stroke Care have, on average 38.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that were not state ranked for Stroke Care.* Access to quality information can inform and empower consumers in their decision making process, and direct them to the best care. This 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.

“Being recognized among the Top 5 in Illinois for Stroke Care is a great achievement that speaks to NCH’s ongoing commitment to high quality care. Hospitals receiving a top state ranking have much to be proud of as their deep medical expertise has built a track record of delivering positive outcomes for their patients,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science, Healthgrades. “Patients can feel confident knowing that they have access to top ranked care for Stroke Care at NCH.”

Earlier this year, NCH was also recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for a second year in a row (2021-2022). NCH was also recognized with:

  • Neurosciences Excellence Award™ for 6 years in a row (2017-2022)
  • 2022 Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award™
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 6 years in a row (2017-2022)
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 6 years in a row (2017-2022)
  • Critical Care Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a row (2019-2022)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 2 years in a row (2021-2022)

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

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