Northern Hospital of Surry County Named One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care™ for 2 Years in a Row!

Northern Hospital of Surry County has been named among America’s top 100 hospitals for critical care for the second year in a row.  Healthgrades is the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. This recognition is part of new findings released today in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 procedures and conditions.

Healthgrades bases its objective hospital quality measures solely on clinical performance and updates them annually, free to the public. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available at

According to our CEO, Bill James, “At Northern Hospital of Surry County, we have a skillful and dedicated team of clinicians and employees. It is because of their hard work that our patients and their families receive quality healthcare that is among the best in the nation. Being named a top hospital in one of the largest healthcare studies in America validates everyone at Northern Hospital’s commitment to delivering high clinical quality to the communities we serve.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, 75% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1 star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia).

In this year’s report, Healthgrades also analyzed findings over its last five study periods (2005-2011) to provide an overview of trends in hospital quality over a longer period. Among its key findings, Healthgrades found that the nation’s average in-hospital risk-adjusted mortality rate

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon hospital admission.

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