A website that evaluates hospital performance for many of the nation’s hospitals has recognized North Colorado Medical Center as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country.
Representatives from Healthgrades, an online resource for information about hospitals, presented NCMC officials with a “100 Best Hospitals in America” award during a meeting Friday at NCMC.
NCMC and McKee Medical Center in Loveland were the only two hospitals in Northern Colorado to receive the designation from Healthgrades.
Sharon Razo, director of client development for Healthgrades, said the company reviews hospitals on two criteria: did patients survive while in the hospital’s care and did patients experience any unexpected health issues while in the hospital’s care.
“Our teams analyze clinical outcomes of nearly 4,500 hospitals in America, every year, across 32 different conditions and procedures as reported to Medicare,” Razo said. “When we analyze clinical data, we are focused on two very key items — the outcome of a hospital visit in terms of mortality rates and complication rates. At Healthgrades we believe these are the most fundamental, relevant and objective measures of quality.”
Both NCMC and McKee were recipients of additional Healthgrades awards including:
2014 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.
2014 Critical Care Excellence Award.
2014 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award.
2013 Women’s Health Excellence Award.
2013 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.
Five of America’s 100 Best Hospitals are located in Colorado.
In addition to McKee and NCMC, these hospitals include Centura Health Penrose Saint Francis Health Services including St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs and Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.
If all other hospitals performed at the level of Healthgrades’ America’s 100 Best Hospitals during the study period, more than 160,000 lives could have been saved nationwide, Razo said.
“Why should these awards matter for patients, families and employers in the community?” Razo asked. “Our clinical research shows that healthcare quality excellence is not an accident. It is a habit, a culture, a way of life every day. That, again, is why this recognition is such an important testimony to the leadership and staff at North Colorado Medical Center and such an important benefit to the people they touch.”
Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly every hospital in the nation; no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, and no hospital pays to be evaluated.
Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account the differing severity of illness at different hospitals and allows for hospitals to be compared fairly, according to a Healthgrades news release.
To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit.