Accreditations & Awards
Best Hospitals 2013-14
U.S. News & World Report once again lists Northern Westchester Hospital among the "Best Hospitals 2013-14," indicating that NWH is highly proficient in serving the needs of our patients. NWH has been recognized by US News & World Report "Best Regional Hospitals" in five specialties: Urology, Gynecology and Geriatrics, Orthopedics, and Neurology.
NWH's rank as one of the top hospitals in the New York Metro area is based largely on objective measures of hospital performance, such as patient survival rates, and structural resources, such as nurse staffing levels. Each hospital’s reputation, as determined by a survey of physician specialists, is also a factor. Read more in the press release.
US News & World Reporthas recognized Northern Westchester Hospital as one of the "Most Connected Hospitals." US News says NWH has "met three challenging standards that put them in the vanguard of centers leading medicine into the era of electronic medical records (EMRs)."CLOSE
Magnet ® Recognition
Northern Westchester Hospital has received Magnet ® Recognition for excellence in nursing service and the overall quality of care provided to patients and the community.
We are proud to be the only Designated Planetree Hospital with Distinction that has achieved Magnet Recognition in the nation! The Magnet Program is recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence. Currently, less than 400 of the more than 6,000 U.S. healthcare organizations have received this credential.
Magnet Recognition signifies that an organization provides high-quality patient care, promotes nursing excellence and is one of the country’s finest healthcare organizations.CLOSE
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Northern Westchester Hospital has received accreditation from the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that evaluates and accredits nearly 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission Accreditation is recognized as a symbol of qulaity that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting stringent performance standards.
Additionally, NWH was recognized as One of the Highest Quality Hospitals in the United States, and among the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ in the Joint Commission’s 2011 annual report. NWH is the only hospital in Westchester County to be recognized as one of the "Highest Quality Hospitals in the US" and was among only 16 hospitals in NY State to receive this prestigious recognition.
View the JC Annual Report and press release.
Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital
We at Northern Westchester Hospital are extremely proud to be one of the first five hospitals in the country to receive the prestigious recognition of Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital with Distinction. NWH is also the first hospital in New York State to receive this designation, which is a strong endorsement of the expertise and humanity of the entire staff.
What is Planetree?
Planetree is a non-profit organization that provides education and information in a collaborative community of healthcare organizations, facilitating efforts to create patient-centered care in healing environments.CLOSE
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital has been granted a three-year full-accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
This accreditation provides further affirmation of The Breast Institute at NWH’s clinical excellence in the New York metro area,
NAPBC-accreditation is granted only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and is able to comply with established NAPBC standards. Each center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must undergo an on-site review every three (3) years.CLOSE
We Image Gently ™
At NWH Radiology we are committed to administering the lowest radiation doses possible, while still producing the highest quality images. Our practices and techniques are regularly monitored by Radiologists and Medical Physicists, in conjunction with the American College of Radiology’s Image Gently ™ guidelines.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
The Women’s Imaging Center at Northern Westchester Hospital has been acclaimed a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by The American College of Radiology (ACR). NWH is the first hospital in Westchester with this Center of Excellence designation.
NWH’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), recognizingCLOSE
Accreditation from the Food & Drug Administration -
Mammography Quality Standards Act
This accrediation certifies that Nowthern Westchester Hospital meets federally developed quality standards for personnel qualifications, equipment, radiation dose, quality assurance programs, and recordkeeping and reporting. Visit the Women's Imaging Center at NWH
American College of Radiation Oncology Accreditation
ACRO Accreditation certifies that Northern Westchester Hospital's Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center upholds staffing, policies and treatment programs that conform with accepted standards of current radiation therapy delivered in the United States. The review focused on the following areas: equipment, staff, case review, site visit.
Cancer Gold Standard
To earn Cancer Gold Standard accreditation, a facility must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages when outcomes may be more favorable; and providing access to quality care, including participation in cancer clinical trials. Northern Westchester Hospital is the only hospital in Westchester County to receive Cancer Gold Standard accreditation. Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at NWH in Mt. Kisco, NY
Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC)’s Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. Northern Westchester Hospital received the OAA following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which NWH demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program, and also received a compliance rating for an additional 29 standards.
Surgical Weightloss Program, Accredited by the ACS
The Surgical Weightloss Program at NWH is fully accredited with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Get With The Guidelines® – Gold Plus
Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure that the care provided to heart failure and stroke patients is aligned with the latest evidence-based guidelines. The goal of participating in Get With The Guidelines is to save lives. By implementing Get With The Guidelines® NWH realizes measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events. It’s a difference that shows in the lives of patients and their families and in the satisfaction felt by caregivers empowered to do their best. Our participation in Get With The Guidelines® demonstrates our commitment to quality care. At NWH we are proud to be a New York State designated Stroke Center,
In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award Northern Westchester Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll,CLOSE
Level III Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit
NWH’s Center for Maternal/Child Care is certified by the State of New York as a 10-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The availability of a Level III NICU has reduced the need to transfer sick newborns to other facilities and has allowed parents to be close by for their child’s care.
The NICU is equipped to stabilize and treat life-threatening emergencies and illnesses in newborns. The staff cares for babies who weigh as little as 750 grams (approximately 2 pounds) at birth and for those infants who require respiratory support, such as nasal CPAP or a ventilator. NICU at NWH is staffed by full-time neonatologists, who are board-certified in pediatrics as well as neonatal and perinatal medicine. It is also staffed by highly-trained nurses who provide 24 hour care for all high-risk infants. The nursery is adjacent to the Labor and Delivery suites, making it immediately accessible to any newborn requiring care. NWH was the first community hospital in Westchester County to open a Neonatal Unit.CLOSE
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certification
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) certifies the Northern Westchester Hosptial Rehabilitation Program. The AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual rehabilitation programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and program certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.
NWH was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Our Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at NWH at Chappaqua Crossing in New York is designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g. heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, etc.) and pulmonary problems (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD, respiratory symptoms, etc.) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.CLOSE