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Published on October 18, 2011

Nazareth Hospital Named One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care

Northeast Philadelphia, PA - A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Nazareth Hospital one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care, and as a recipient of the Stroke Care Excellence Award, ranking the hospital among the top 5% nationally. Nazareth Hospital is also 5-star rated for treatment of stroke for the tenth consecutive year.

Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in Philadelphia can be found online at

"At Nazareth Hospital, we are committed to providing high-quality care to each and every patient we encounter, and we're proud that our stroke program continues to achieve national recognition," says James F. Blute III, MD, FACOG, Associate Chief Medical Officer at Nazareth Hospital.

"Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider," said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. "At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Nazareth Hospital for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Philadelphia area."

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

  • Patients had, on average a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
  • If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.
  • In an online survey, 80% said they are very or somewhat concerned about the quality of hospital care in their community.
  • In an online survey, 42% of HealthGrades visitors said that they believe their chances of experiencing an unexpected death or complication is higher in some hospitals in their community compared to others.

Nazareth Hospital, a nationally certified Primary Stroke Center, has earned the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award in 2011 and has been the recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence AwardTM four times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012). Nazareth Hospital provides advanced emergency stroke treatment, a 20-bed acute rehabilitation unit certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), acute inpatient physical and occupational therapy, Transitional Care, and outpatient physical therapy at Nazareth Hospital Center for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.

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Christy A. McCabe
Director, Marketing Communications

Nazareth Hospital
2601 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152

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