March 2019

The latest news on the health and wellness issues that matter most • March 2019 Health Matters

NCHNamed A “Best Regional Hospital” by U.S. News &World Report

NCH Downtown Baker Hospital

U.S. News & World Report, a respected authority in hospital rankings, heralded NCH Downtown Baker Hospital as a 2018-19 “Best Regional Hospital,” ranking it 11th in the state of Florida. These rankings are designed to assist patients in making informed decisions about where to receive care . Although all “Best Regional Hospitals” are considered ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty, NCH is recognized for high performance in seven specialty services: Bypass Surgery, Congestive Health Failure, Total Hip Replacements, Total Knee Replacements, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Colon Cancer, and Abdominal Aneurisms. “High Performing” facilities are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures. U.S. News’ ranking positions NCH among hospitals that offer a high level of medical care to their communities. This recognition, which is awarded by national, independent organizations, is a hallmark of excellence — in physicians, staff, board members and volunteers. NCH, which includes two hospitals, the NCH Downtown Baker Hospital and NCH North Naples Hospital with a total of 716 patient beds, is equipped toaddress southwest Florida’smost

pressing healthcare needs — from wellness, to diagnosis, to treatment. NCH meets medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment and diagnostic needs for almost 40,000 inpatients every year. The NCH outpatient offerings include rehabilitation, imaging, immediate care and wound healing, among others. More than 5,000 hospitals fall under the umbrella of hospitals that U.S. News evaluates each year in 16 different medical specialties. The exhaustive judging criteria include death

rates, patient safety, procedure volume and other objective data. The analysis also includes physician response to a national survey. In the survey, specialists must name hospitals considered to be the best in their respective areas for cases that are challenging. That information is also factored into the eventual naming of the Best Hospitals. “The confirmation of that level of quality by respected and objective third parties, particularlyU.S. News&WorldReport, validates our commitment to delivering exceptional care at NCH,” concludes Georgine Kruedelbach, RN, Director of Performance Improvement at NCH.

NCH Named “High Performing” in: ★ Heart Bypass Surgery ★ Heart Failure Treatment ★ Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

★ Hip Replacement ★ Knee Replacement ★ Colon Cancer Surgery ★ COPD Treatment

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