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North Colorado Medical Center Among HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals


GREELEY, Colo. (March 20, 2012) – North Colorado Medical Center, a Banner Health facility, announced today that its superior clinical quality has placed it among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals. To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top 5 percent in the nation for a minimum of four years studied. On average, patients treated at America’s 100 Best Hospitals had nearly a 30 percent lower risk of death.

“We are honored to receive such a high distinction from a third party evaluation as well-known as HealthGrades,” says Rick Sutton, chief executive officer of NCMC. “To be one of only two hospitals in Colorado to be named in the HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals ranking is certainly testimony to the commitment of our physicians, staff and volunteers to deliver quality outcomes and excellent patient experiences.”

HealthGrades study found that if all U.S. hospitals had performed at the level of North Colorado Medical Center more than a half million Medicare deaths could have been prevented between 2000 and 2010. This finding was based on an analysis of more than 150 million Medicare patient records.

“As our nation seeks to elevate the quality of care at all hospitals, these elite facilities provide a roadmap for success,” said Arshad Rahim, HealthGrades director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence. “Consumers increasingly are demanding greater transparency and quality when selecting healthcare providers. These hospitals are delivering. We commend them for their dedication to excellence in patient care.”

Each year, Banner Health establishes quality initiatives to continually improve patient care and outcomes. “Our relentless focus on our priorities and quality initiatives has led to consistently providing high quality outcomes for patients throughout the hospital,” Sutton said. In addition, special programs such as NCMC’s cardiac alert program and investment in electronic medical records processes and technology contribute to the Banner Health commitment to excellent patient care.

HealthGrades compared America’s 100 Best Hospitals like North Colorado Medical Center to all others and found:

Collectively, during 2008 through 2010, HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals had nearly a 30 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality across 17 procedures and diagnoses.

From 2008 through 2010, if all hospitals performed at the level of America’s 100 Best Hospitals, 179,593 Medicare deaths may have been prevented. Complete procedure-by-procedure comparisons of the HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and all others can be found at A comprehensive methodology for this award and all HealthGrades hospital ratings and rankings is also available online.

Who Are America’s Best Hospitals?

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals are located in 88 cities in 25 states.
  • Two of America’s 100 Best Hospitals are located in Colorado (Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, and Centura Health—Penrose St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs)
  • The majority of America’s 100 Best Hospitals are non-profit (87 percent), 7 percent are for profit, and 6 percent are government owned.
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals range from 100 beds to more than 500 with 45 percent having less than 350 beds and 55 percent having more than 350 beds.

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. For more information, visit

About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems. Located in seven states, Banner Health owns or manages 23 health care facilities including McKee Medical Center and North Colorado Medical Center as well as physician practices and nationally recognized research centers. To learn more go to

About HealthGrades
HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the HealthGrades websites, including and, to research, select, and connect with a physician or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. Find more information about our products and services at Follow us on Twitter (@HealthGrades) and Facebook for news and updates. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at

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