Certifications at NNMC

Northern Nevada Medical Center has been recognized for outstanding patient care and service excellence outcomes. NNMC was named the 2017 Large Business of the Year by the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce for its many awards and distinctions for quality care, including:

  • NNMC was designated a Top Performer in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and immunizations by The Joint Commission, a national accreditation body that evaluates and certifies healthcare organizations in the U.S.
  • NNMC was re-certified by The Joint Commission for excellence in Orthopedics: Knee Replacement, Orthopedics: Hip Replacement, Spine Surgery, Back Pain and as a Primary Stroke Center. NNMC is the first local hospital to be certified in spine surgery, and the first program in the nation to be certified in back pain.
  • NNMC received the Top Performance in Patient Safety Award as well as the Most Improved Patient Experience Rate Recognition by Universal Health Services.

"This award recognizes the spirit and dedication of the physicians and staff at NNMC and the dignity and respect they show our patients and their family members at a time when they are most vulnerable,” said NNMC CEO Alan Olive. “We are privileged to honor the life’s journey of the patients we care for every day."

Northern Nevada Medical Center is the first hospital in northern Nevada to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ in Orthopedics: Knee Replacement and Orthopedics: Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery. NNMC is also certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and is an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. NNMC is also the first in the nation to be certified by The Joint Commission in Back Pain. Northern Nevada Medical Center is the only hospital in Nevada with all five of these quality distinctions.


The Accredited Chest Pain Center at NNMC

The Chest Pain Center at Northern Nevada Medical Center is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Care for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, the hospital has demonstrated that effective processes are in place to:

  • Reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the wholeness of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitor patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, NNMC has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patients, demonstrating a commitment to higher standards. With a heart attack, minutes matter. The Chest Pain Center at NNMC is a valuable resource for quality and expedient cardiovascular care.

NNMC is proud to have recently received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2017. NNMC was one of only 105 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies NNMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

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Orthopedics: Knee and Hip Replacement

NNMC’s Joint Center of Excellence is the first program in northern Nevada to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ in Orthopedics: Knee Replacement and Orthopedics: Hip Replacement. These certifications recognize NNMC’s commitment to the highest level of care for its knee replacement and hip replacement patients. Certification demonstrates dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards including medication management and infection prevention and control.

As a premiere orthopedic hospital in Nevada, NNMC has brought together an experienced team of physicians including knee and hip surgeons, pain management physicians, sports medicine physicians, and physical and occupational therapists. Our highly trained medical professionals use innovative techniques and technology that can help you return to productive living.

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Pain Management Center

Northern Nevada Medical Center's pain management program recently earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in Back Pain. The program is the first in the nation to receive this certification. This certification recognizes NNMC's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards. To achieve this prestigious certification, the hospital underwent a rigorous on-site evaluation by The Joint Commission. NNMC earned certification by providing compliance with nationally developed standards including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

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Advanced Primary Stroke Center

When a stroke occurs, mere minutes can mean the difference between life, recovery and long-term complications. The Advanced Primary Stroke Center at NNMC has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™. With this advanced certification, Northern Nevada Medical Center has demonstrated that it provides the next generation of stroke care and has proven compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care. The dedicated Stroke Response Team is trained to assess each patient to determine if they have had a stroke and to begin appropriate treatment options.

The Advanced Primary Stroke Center at NNMC was recently recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes NNMC's commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that their stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.

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Spine Surgery

NNMC’s Spine Center of Excellence is the only program in northern Nevada to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ in Spine Surgery. This certification recognizes NNMC’s commitment to the highest level of care for its back and neck surgery patients. Certification demonstrates dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards including medication management and infection prevention and control.

As a premiere orthopedic hospital in Nevada, NNMC has brought together an experienced team of physicians including spine surgeons, pain management physicians, sports medicine physicians and physical and occupational therapists. Our highly trained medical professionals use innovative techniques and technology that can help you return to productive living.

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Wound Care

The Wound Care Center at NNMC is recognized for outstanding patient care and outcomes.

Since opening in 2008, The Wound Care Center has been recognized by Healogics, Inc. with the Center of Distinction Award seven times and the Robert A. Warriner III, MD Center of Excellence Award five times.

The Center received these honors by exceeding outstanding clinical and operational results set forth by:

  • Patient Satisfaction Rate of at least 92 percent 
  • Wound healing rate of at least 91 percent                                
  • 30 or less median days to heal    

In addition, The Wound Care Center was a 2016 Healogics Inc. President’s Circle honoree for sustained excellence. The Wound Care Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 800 Centers, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. The Wound Care Center was one of only 34 centers to receive the President’s Circle recognition.

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Reducing Healthcare-associated Infections

NNMC was honored by the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) for its efforts to improve patient safety by reducing or eliminating healthcare-associated infections. NNMC was the only hospital of the 18 Nevada hospitals who participated in the NHA's program to receive four separate awards. The program focused on three evidence based procedures:

  • Proper catheter insertion practices
  • Care and removal of catheters
  • Reduction in use of indwelling catheters

NNMC's Medical Telemetry Unit and Intensive Care Unit were recognized for reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The Medical Telemetry Unit was also recognized for reducing the use of catheters and the Medical Surgical Unit was honored for its record of zero catheter-associated urinary tract infections.


Top Performer

NNMC has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for five consecutive years by The Joint Commission for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and immunizations and surgical care. In order to receive this recognition, NNMC had to meet three performance based criteria:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or higher across all reported accountability measures
  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or higher on every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 cases
  • Have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or higher and all applicable individual accountability measure have a performance rate of 95 percent or higher