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Houston Northwest Medical Center Receives Clinical Excellence Awards for Several Service Lines

Houston Northwest Medical Center's quality awards rank its care among the top 10% nationally

Findings are based on HealthGrades' 11th Annual Hospital Quality in America Study

HOUSTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Houston Northwest Medical Center today announced that it has received the 2009 Specialty Excellence Awards for Stroke, Critical Care and General Surgery from HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings company. These awards place Houston Northwest Medical Center's clinical outcomes in the top ten percent nationally for each recognized area of care.

Other 2009 notable accolades include:

-- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack and Heart Failure

-- Five-Star Rated for Spinal Fusion Two Years in a Row

-- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke Three Years in a Row

-- Received the Highest Possible Five-Star Rated for the Treatment of

Pneumonia Two Years in a Row

-- Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Respiratory Failure Four Years in a Row

-- Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Sepsis Three

Years in a Row

"Houston Northwest Medical Center is focused on delivering quality care for our patients. We take great pride in obtaining multiple awards from HealthGrades based on medical outcomes," said Drew Kahn, FACHE, chief executive officer at Houston Northwest Medical Center. "At Houston Northwest Medical Center, our top priorities are patient safety and clinical quality. Recognition for our quality care is a credit to the outstanding efforts of our physicians, nurses and staff," added Kahn.

These findings were included in the eleventh annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, analyzing more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation's approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2009 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.

On its Web site, HealthGrades offers, free to consumers, quality ratings of 27 procedures and treatments for virtually every hospital in the country. The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from aortic aneurysm repair to bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients' risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.

About Houston Northwest Medical Center

Houston Northwest Medical Center is located at 710 F.M. 1960 West in Houston. Houston Northwest Medical Center has been serving the North Houston community for 35 years. The hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Houston Northwest Medical Center ranks among the nation's top hospitals for several service lines from HealthGrades, a leading source for independent health care quality information, including overall gastrointestinal services, gastrointestinal surgery, stroke, general surgery, maternity care, back and neck surgery (spinal fusion), overall critical care services, and overall pulmonary services. Houston Northwest Medical Center is also a Blue Cross/Blue Shield Center for excellence in weight loss surgery. To learn more about Houston Northwest Medical Center, a facility accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, visit

Contact: Theresa Lewis

Marketing Manager

Houston Northwest Medical Center

(281) 440-2444

HealthGrades Contact:

Scott Shapiro

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

(720) 963-6584

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