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Two Colorado hospitals receive Healthgrades honors


GREELEY, Colo. (Oct. 22, 2013) – North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) in Greeley and McKee Medical Center in Loveland have been recognized for medical excellence and top performance in numerous service lines of patient care, according to Healthgrades, a leading online resource that helps consumers research and connect
with hospitals. The ratings and rankings are based on publicly-reported data.

The report, “American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” evaluates hospital performance at more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions from 2010 through 2012.

The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving “Five-Stars” as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have
been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A Five-Star rating indicates clinical outcomes at NCMC and McKee Medical Center are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated. Both hospitals not only perform at a Five-Star level – they outperform other hospitals in the nation.

NCMC received 11 Five-Star recognitions in six different service lines. Ratings at NCMC include:

  • Cardiac: Four consecutive years for treatment of heart attack
  • Neurosciences: Seven consecutive years for treatment of stroke
  • Pulmonary: Eight year recipient for treatment of pulmonary disease and pneumonia
  •  Gastrointestinal: Recognized for small intestine surgeries (eight years in row); GI bleed (seven years) and
    bowel obstruction (five years)
  •  Critical Care: Treatment of sepsis (eight years); pulmonary embolism (seven years) and respiratory failure
    (eight years).

McKee Medical Center achieved six Five-Star ratings. The service lines recognized at McKee include:

  • Cardiac: Coronary interventional procedures (two years in a row) and treatment of heart failure (four
  •  Neurosciences: treatment of stroke (six years)
  •  Pulmonary: treatment for pneumonia (five years)
  •  Critical Care: treatment of sepsis (four years) and for respiratory failure (six years)

“It’s important to note the consistency in which both North Colorado Medical Center and McKee Medical Center perform on an annual basis,” said Rick Sutton, CEO of Banner Health’s Northern Colorado service area. “We place a constant focus and commitment on providing excellent patient care and the Healthgrades report confirms our efforts are working.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 shortterm acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as Five-Star (statistically better than expected), Three-Star (statistically as expected) and One-Star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at More information on the “American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” including the complete methodology, can be found at

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 24 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

North Colorado Medical Center is a fully accredited, private, nonprofit facility licensed in Greeley, Colo., operated by Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 24 hospitals in seven states. It serves as a regional medical center offering a comprehensive scope of community-based and specialty healthcare services for an area
including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado. For more information, visit

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