Northern Hospital Named One of Best NC Hospitals


          A report released recently by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, identified the nation’s top performing hospitals for emergency medical care. The findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report analyzed patients admitted to the hospital through the emergency department for the following 12 diagnoses:
• Bowel Obstruction
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
• Diabetic Acidosis and Coma
• Gastrointestinal Bleed
• Heart Attack
• Heart Failure
• Pancreatitis
• Pneumonia
• Pulmonary Embolism
• Respiratory Failure
• Sepsis
• Stroke 


Northern Hospital was one of 263 hospitals that were awarded the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ and ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation. This is the third year in a row the hospital has received this designation. For more Northern Hospital designations, visit
Medicare patients admitted to the nation's best-performing hospitals for emergency medicine have a 40% lower death rate compared with all other hospitals, according to a new survey by HealthGrades, a Denver, Colorado–based provider of information about physicians and hospitals.
"It is imperative that anyone experiencing a medical emergency go directly to the closest hospital, especially in the event of a heart attack or stroke," Arshad Rahim, MD, report author and director of accelerated clinical experience at HealthGrades, said in a news release. "That said, our study findings show the care you receive once admitted to the hospital can also make the difference between life and death. We encourage all patients to educate themselves about the quality of emergency medical providers in their area and to choose a top performing hospital whenever there is a choice."
"If all hospitals performed at the level of the Emergency Medicine Excellence hospitals from 2008 through 2010, an additional 170,856 people could have potentially survived their emergency hospitalization," the HealthGrades release notes.
More than 123.8 million people in the United States will make an ED visit, and 13% will end up being admitted to the hospital, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To be included in the HealthGrades analysis, hospitals must have met minimum thresholds in terms of patient volume, quality ratings, and the range of services provided. The hospital ratings are independently created; no hospital can opt in or opt out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated. Details about the survey's methodology can be found at
Northern Hospital of Surry County is a 133-bed, not-for-profit, governmental district facility with a number of outpatient service locations and physician offices providing a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the community from infant to geriatric care. Located in Mount Airy, North Carolina and serving the northwest Piedmont region of NC and neighboring counties in southwest Virginia. For more information, please call (336) 719-7000 or visit


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