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Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Named America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, Stroke Care, Pulmonary Care and Critical Care

New report identifies Northwest Community Healthcare among the top hospitals nationally for excellence in Cardiac Care, Stroke Care, Pulmonary Care and Critical Care

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care, Stroke Care, Pulmonary and Critical Care, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*

The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes. Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award™ have, on average, a 26.9 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.* Similarly, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care Award have, on average, a 53.6 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

"Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for numerous service lines have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes," said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. "Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and these recognitions distinguish Northwest Community Healthcare in the marketplace."

"It is an honor to be recognized by Healthgrades for the excellent care we provide our community," says Stephen Scogna, President and CEO, Northwest Community Healthcare. "Our clinicians, physicians and entire staff have a shared focus - to provide the safest, highest quality care possible to all our patients. That is our goal, a benchmark to which we hold ourselves accountable."

Northwest Community Healthcare was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™
  • Neurosciences Excellence Award™ for 3 years in a row (2017-2019)
  • Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ for 3 years in a row (2017-2019)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for GI Treatment

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

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