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Published on October 23, 2012

National Study Finds Nazareth Hospital Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Treatment of Stroke

Nazareth Hospital Receives the Stroke Care Excellence Award from Healthgrades

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (October 23, 2012): Nazareth Hospital received the Stroke Care Excellence award for the second straight year today, placing them in the top 10% of the nation, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

In its study published today, Healthgrades found that patients have a 75% lower risk of dying when treated at a hospital receiving 5 stars than if they were treated at a hospital receiving 1 star, based on risk-adjusted mortality rates across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia. Healthgrades also found that 235,378 lives could potentially have been saved during 2009-2011 if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level.

Making objective measures of hospital quality more publicly available is imperative for helping consumers make more informed provider decisions. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 89% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas believe hospital performance (defined as how well patients do at that hospital compared to others) is important but only 37% know where to find the information.

Other notable Healthgrades recognitions include:

  • Ranked #10 in PA for Treatment of Stroke in 2013
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in PA for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013) (Ranked 10 in 2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013)  

“We at Nazareth Hospital are proud to be among the top 10 percent of stroke care providers in the nation. This recognition emphasizes our continuing commitment to provide our community with the best possible care,” said Nazareth Hospital Executive Director/Administrator Nancy Cherone, FACHE.  “I want to thank our colleagues and physicians, who deliver excellent care to our patients every day.”

Nazareth Hospital, a nationally certified Primary Stroke Center, earned the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award in 2011 and 2012, has previously been the recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence AwardTM five times (2005, 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, Rehabilitation and Balance.

For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed at short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, 75% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1 star (across 18 common procedures and diagnoses, such as heart bypass surgery, stroke, and pneumonia).

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients were before they were admitted to the hospital. 

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at

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Christy A. McCabe
Director, Marketing Communications

Nazareth Hospital
2601 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152

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