Two area Banner Health hospitals receive HealthGrades awards
GREELEY, Colo. (June 20, 2011) —North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and McKee Medical Center in Loveland have been ranked among the top 5 percent in the country for emergency care, according to HealthGrades®.
HealthGrades has recognized both hospitals with its 2011 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award,™ which recognizes the top 5 percent of acute care hospitals nationwide based on quality of care provided to patients in 12 areas. Those areas include: heart attack, bowel obstruction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, heart failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, diabetic acidosis, pancreatitis, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.
Four hospitals in Colorado were named, and NCMC and McKee were the only two in Northern Colorado to receive the designation. In addition to the Emergency Medicine award, the two Banner Health facilities also received the 2011 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.™ This is HealthGrades’ ultimate distinction and represents the overall assessment of a hospital’s quality for all procedures.
“It is flattering to receive such high praise from a third party as well-known as HealthGrades,” says Rick Sutton, chief executive officer of NCMC. “Our community has always been supportive of our hospital and hopefully it will take as much pride in this recognition as we take in providing excellent patient care.”
HealthGrades analyzes nearly 5,000 hospitals annually using the most recent three years of Medicare patient data available. The company then compares actual performance to predicted performance for specific patient outcomes, mortality or major complications.
“These distinctions reflect the high quality of care throughout our hospitals,” says Marilyn Schock, chief executive officer of McKee Medical Center. “Many of our admissions begin with a trip to the emergency department and these achievements show that high-quality care continues at every stage of their health care journey.”
Learn more about HealthGrades by visiting www.healthgrades.com.
ABOUT NORTH COLORADO MEDICAL CENTER
North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, not-for-profit facility licensed to operate 398 beds. It serves as a regional medical center with community-based and specialty services in a service area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado. A family-centered obstetrics unit, cardiovascular, oncology, ortho/neuro, Level II trauma, Western States Burn Center and acute inpatient rehabilitation are among the many services offered through the medical center. Nearly 400,000 square feet of new patient care space was added to the northern Colorado region when the NCMC opened an expanded facility in December 2005. Included is the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado featuring state-of-the-art heart services; expanded birthing center and neonatal care unit, new intensive care units and new surgical suites.
ABOUT MCKEE MEDICAL CENTER
McKee Medical Center is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit facility with 132 beds. It serves as a community medical center with services including emergency, oncology, heart, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging.
ABOUT BANNER HEALTH
Based in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, not-for-profit health care systems in the country. Banner has 23 facilities that offer an array of services including hospital care, home care, hospice care, nursing registries, surgery centers, laboratories, rehabilitation services. Facilities are in seven states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, and Wyoming. In addition to emergency and medical services, Banner Health medical centers house a variety of specialized services, including heart care, cancer treatment, delivery of high-order multiple births, organ transplants, bone marrow transplants, rehabilitation services, and behavioral health services.