Before the formation of Northwest Specialty Hospital , a group of entrepreneurial medical providers established North Idaho Day Surgery (N.I.D.S.). N.I.D.S. was an outpatient daycare facility , which means that patients were treated and released the same day they were admitted.
In 1999, N.I.D.S. partnered with other local physicians and National Surgical Healthcare, Inc. (NSH). This new partnership named the new entity Northwest Specialty Hospital. By 2003, they had completed the construction of a new facility in Post Falls , Idaho.
Northwest Specialty Hospital was unique as it was only one of a few hospitals in the state or nation owned and operated by physicians.
According to the American Hospital Association there are almost 5,700 hospitals in the United States.. Of those hospitals just 240 are physician owned, which is only 4% of all hospitals in the U.S.
This is an important aspect to understand about Northwest Specialty Hospital. Unlike most hospitals, NWSH must pay taxes. Instead of receiving community funds, our physician owners are responsible for sustaining the hospital and its employees.
Northwest Specialty Hospital was founded with the belief that the relationship between the physician and the patient helps us better understand what patients need and desire. This has resonated throughout our community. As a result, Northwest Specialty has been nationally recognized and ranks as one of the best hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction.