Patient Safety and Quality

At Northern Hospital our commitment to excellence in patient care is exemplified through continual improvement in clinical and organizational performance. Performance improvement efforts support the organization’s mission, vision and values. We voluntarily participate in several national and state programs to measure the quality and value of the care we provide. This information helps us continually improve our care and excel in patient quality and safety.
It is important for our patients to be informed and involved in their healthcare decisions. We encourage you to follow the links below to see how Northern Hospital compares with state and national averages on quality measures.
 

The Joint Commission

An independent, not-for-profit organization,The Joint Commission is the nation's leading healthcare watchdog that accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
 
Quality Check is a Joint Commission consumer tool you can use to help make health care decisions.  The Quality Report shows accreditation status, services offered, special quality awards, and National Patient Safety Goals compliance. See Our Scores: Northern Hospital’s Quality Report
 

Primary Stroke Center

In 2015, Northern Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.
 

Hospital Compare

Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with organizations representing consumers, hospitals, doctors, employers, accrediting organizations, and other Federal agencies. The information on this website has been provided primarily by hospitals that have agreed to submit quality information for Hospital Compare to make public. This tool provides you with information on how well the hospitals care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide.
 
 

The LeapFrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
Northern has received consecutive grade A safety scores from The LeapFrog Group.
 

NC Hospital Quality

This site from the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety and the NC Hospital Association reports on quality measures for hospitals in North Carolina and lets you compare hospitals within a region.
Search by hospital  for measures that reflect recommended treatments for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical infection prevention.
 

Healthgrades®

Nearly one million people a day use Healthgrades websites to find, compare, select and connect with a doctor or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions. See where Northern Hospital ranks at Healthgrades.com.
 

Partnership for Patients - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Northern Hospital is a participating member of the Partnership for Patients initiative, a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans.Physicians, nurses, hospitals, employers, patients and their advocates, and the federal and State governments have joined together to form the Partnership for Patients.

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