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Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) earns Healthgrades™ 2019 ‘America’s 250 Best Hospitals’ award

February 14, 2019

Among top 5 percent for clinical outcomes three years running

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) has achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™, a distinction that places the hospital in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. NCH has received this distinction for three consecutive years (2017-2019).

“Our nurses, physicians, clinical staff and support staff are all united in their goal of providing safe, high quality care and an exceptional patient experience,” says Stephen Scogna, President and CEO, Northwest Community Healthcare. “The Healthgrades awards recognize the incredible efforts of our team and their passion for achieving excellence.”

From 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.*

And during that same period, if all hospitals performed similarly to those achieving the award, 168,165 lives potentially could have been saved. For example, patients treated for respiratory failure in hospitals achieving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award have, on average, a 25.4 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“The Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospital Award is a tool that consumers can use to identify the best hospitals for their care needs,” says Brad Bowman, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “We commend recipient hospitals for showing their dedication to patients by delivering exceptional clinical outcomes.”

From left: Eileen Gillespie, CNO; Alan Loren, CMO; Michael Hartke, COO; Steve Scogna, President and CEO; John Skeans, CFO; and Mary Dano, EVP, pose with the America’s 250 Best Hospitals award.

NCH is among only 8 percent of healthcare organizations across the country to earn Magnet® status, the highest level of recognition for nursing services. The hospital received high performing marks from U.S. News and World Report for Colon Cancer Surgery, GI Surgery, Heart Failure and Knee Replacement. Its emergency department is one of 22 in the nation to receive the Emergency Nurses Association’s prestigious Lantern Award (2017-2019).

NCH also was recognized by Healthgrades as among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care; Critical Care; Pulmonary Care; and Stroke Care in 2019. 

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award are recognized for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2019 study period (2015 through 2017), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).

To learn more about how Healthgrades determines award recipients, and for more information on Healthgrades Quality Solutions, please visit

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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