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Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

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East Norriton, PA (October 21, 2020) – Suburban Community Hospitalis 5-star rated for appendectomies outcomes according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

Suburban Community Hospital was the only hospital in appendectomies to receive this recognition. Lower Bucks Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest health systems with 46 hospitals in 14 states. This year, Prime hospitals received a combined 295 awards from Healthgrades including 5-Star designations, Specialty Excellence Awards and America’s 100 Best By Specialty.

Every year,Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additional analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

This analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of dying and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2017 through 2019, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,785 lives could potentially have been saved and complications in 148,681 patients could potentially have been avoided.*

“As a non-profit hospital dedicated to providing our community with the highest quality care, we are honored to receive a five-star rating from Healthgrades,” said David Schmidt, chief nursing officer of Suburban Community Hospital. “This achievement serves to reinforce our commitment to improving our patient’s clinical outcomes, and we strive to continue identifying ways to deliver the absolute best patient care.”

“Hospital quality has never been more important, and consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of researching where they receive care before they visit a hospital for a specific procedure or condition,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “Hospitals that receive a Healthgrades 5-star rating for appendectomies demonstrate exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care for patients.”

Suburban Community Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements: Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 2 years in row (2019-2020), Recipient of the Healthgrades 2018, 2019, and 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award, Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Hip Fracture 2 years in a row (2019-2020), Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety Excellence Award (2019 & 2020), American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Award recipient in 2014 – 2020, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite Plus Award recipient in 2015 – 2020, and Geriatric Emergency Department from the American College of Emergency Physicians (GEDA) in 2020

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 evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 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). The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

About Suburban Community Hospital: Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 75 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Located in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, the hospital was built in 1944 and originally named Riverview Hospital. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.


* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2016 through 2018.