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Banner Health Northern Colorado hospitals achieve national award

 

McKee and NCMC named among Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals in 2014

GREELEY, Colo. (Feb. 27, 2014) – Banner Health today announced that McKee Medical Center (Loveland) and North Colorado Medical Center (Greeley) have been named as two of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals™, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. While many of our nation’s hospitals are eligible to be on this list, McKee Medical Center and North Colorado Medical Center were the only hospitals in the Northern Colorado Front Range area to receive this designation.

This recognition was released in conjunction with Healthgrades new report, “Voices of America’s Best: Strategies That Sustain Quality”, which takes an in-depth look at the strategies, goals and processes of the country’s top performing hospitals. McKee and NCMC contributed the experience and best practices they credit for sustaining their performance and placing them in the top 2% of all hospitals in the U.S.

McKee and NCMC are recognized by Healthgrades for achieving clinical outcomes that are better than expected across a majority of procedures and conditions performed, from 2010 to 2012 consistently, year after year, for a minimum of four years.

“This award is recognition of sustained excellence at McKee Medical Center and North Colorado Medical Center,” said Rick Sutton, Banner Health Northern Colorado chief executive officer. “As the healthcare industry changes and evolves, our team of employees, physicians and volunteers continue to achieve excellent patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.”

They provide specific detail into the actions they take, that others might consider to be catch-phrases:  Leadership engagement, quality culture, and continuous measurement. Key themes include setting ambitious goals to move the bar higher, empowering teams for action, and having the courage to face today’s challenges.

These approaches have impactful results.  From 2010 to 2012, Healthgrades America’s 100 Best hospitals, as a group, had an overall 24.53% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals in the nation. From 2010 to 2012, if all other hospitals had performed at the level of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals, 160,701 lives could have potentially been saved nationwide.  

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™

McKee also received the 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and NCMC additionally received the 2014 Stroke Care and Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Awards™.

“This is further evidence that our employees remain focused on our priority to make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care,” said Sutton.

“Healthgrades congratulates and commends the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best hospital recipients for pushing all healthcare providers to higher levels of performance” comments Evan Marks, EVP, Informatics and Strategy for Healthgrades.  “They demonstrate that goals once considered unattainable can be met if the emphasis and commitment is there.”

Five of America’s 100 Best Hospitals are located in Colorado -- Banner Health McKee Medical Center (Loveland), Banner Health North Colorado Medical Center (Greeley), Centura Health Penrose Saint Francis Health Services including St. Francis Medical Center (Colorado Springs) and Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital (Denver).

Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals Award™ recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the most consecutive years. To be eligible for the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, a hospital had to have been evaluated for its performance in at least 21 of the 30 Healthgrades procedures and conditions, based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

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 24 health care facilities as well as physician practices and nationally recognized research centers.  Visit http://www.bannerhealth.com/.

About McKee Medical Center
McKee Medical Center, opened in 1976, is a fully accredited, private nonprofit facility in Loveland, Colo. McKee is owned by Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 23 hospitals in seven states. It offers Emergency care, cancer care, heart care, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging. For more information, please visit www.BannerHealth.com/McKee.

About North Colorado Medical Center
North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, not-for-profit facility licensed to operate 378 beds. As a part of the Banner Health organization, NCMC 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.  NCMC is the largest hospital service provider in the region.  It offers Emergency care, cancer care, heart care, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, lab and medical imaging. For more information, please visit www.BannerHealth.com/NCMC.

About Healthgrades
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 250 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs.  Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action.  For more information please visit http://www.healthgrades.com/ and http://www.bettermedicine.com/.

Healthgrades Hospital Quality Distinctions
Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals across the nation in 30 procedures and conditions annually. Healthgrades.com provides information on objective measures of hospital performance, which allows consumers to compare their local hospitals online at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital.

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.

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