Houston, Texas - (October 26, 2017) –Houston Northwest Medical Center today announced that it has achieved 5 stars for its performance in labor and delivery for vaginal delivery for three years in a row from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of new findings and data released today by Healthgrades and featured in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* 

"Houston Northwest Medical Center is committed to providing the highest level of quality care to all of our patients," said Tim Puthoff, CEO, Houston Northwest Medical Center. "This award is evidence of that commitment. We commend our physicians, nurses and the entire clinical staff for the superior work they do every day. Without them, this would not have been possible." 

The recognition is important because of the impact it has on potential complications for patients. From 2013-2015, Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, have, on average, a 53.8% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award*. 

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2014-2016, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 219,568 lives could potentially have been saved and 164,454 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-star rating indicates that Houston Northwest Medical Center's clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.                                   

 “In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes is fundamental,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Because consumers place such value on this information, hospitals that achieve five stars for labor and delivery stand out in their marketplace.”

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 evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 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 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

HOUSTON NORTHWEST MEDICAL CENTER

Houston Northwest Medical Center is a 423-bed acute care hospital located at 710 Cypress Creek Parkway in Houston.  The hospital has been serving the north Houston community for more than 40 years, providing a wide range of medical services that includes cardiology, maternity care, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, bariatrics and neurology.  To learn more about the programs and upcoming events at Houston Northwest Medical Center, visit www.hnmc.com.

About HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division

HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 18 hospitals, nine ambulatory surgical centers, 10 freestanding emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius. For more information, visit www.HCAGulfCoast.com.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of All-Payer data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for patients in 17 states for which all payer data was made available. (See 2017 Healthgrades Women’s Care Rating Methodology for more details)

**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.