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North Suburban Medical Center is Five-Star Recipient for Sepsis, Appendectomy, and Bowel Obstruction Care

North Suburban Medical Center Excels in Sepsis, Appendectomy, and Bowel Obstruction Outcomes According to Healthgrades

Thornton, CO, October 25, 2019 --( North Suburban Medical Center is 5-star rated for Sepsis, Appendectomy, Bowel Obstruction outcomes according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additionally analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.

Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. From 2016-2018, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that North Suburban Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”

“North Suburban is proud to be recognized as a five-star recipient for these distinguished specialties,” said Philip Stahel, MD, chief medical officer at North Suburban Medical Center. “Our team of highly skilled care providers at North Suburban work hard to provide compassionate and high-value care care to our patients every day. This recognition is a testament of our impeccable teamwork and unwavering advocacy for patient safety and quality at North Suburban.”

In addition to these recognitions, North Suburban has also been recognized by Healthgrades as a Five-Star recipient for Vaginal Delivery for two years in a row (2018-2019).

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories.

The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

About North Suburban Medical Center
North Suburban Medical Center is the highest-quality hospital in north Denver. North Suburban is the only hospital in north Denver to receive ten consecutive “A” ratings on the Leapfrog Group’s biannual patient safety ratings, and was the first hospital in Colorado to receive certification in Sepsis care from The Joint Commission. North Suburban has been honored by the Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best ERs and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. Licensed for 157 beds, North Suburban is proud to be a part of the HealthONE system of hospitals that earned the ranking as the #7 corporate philanthropist in the metro area and was the only hospital system ranked in the top 10. HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2018 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations. Additional information about the hospital is available at
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