Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is once again among the top 5 percent in the nation for excellence in women’s healthcare and maternity care, according to a new report released today by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.
Conemaugh and the 175 other recipients of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award had, on average, women’s mortality rates that were 42 percent lower than the poorest performers across nine diagnoses and procedures, and complication rates were, on average, 14 percent lower than the poorest performing hospitals across seven procedures.
For the Maternity Care Excellence Award, HealthGrades found that women who give birth at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 62 percent fewer complications than lower-performing hospitals. Conemaugh was one of only 224 hospitals nationwide to receive 5-Star designation from HealthGrades for maternity care outcomes; Conemaugh was also one of only 3 hospitals in Pennsylvania to be in the top 5% in the nation for maternity care outcomes and the only hospital in the region to receive this award.
“We have worked very hard to provide exceptional care to our patients,” says Dr. Adib Khouzami, Chairman of Women’s Services at Conemaugh Memorial. “Outcomes like this require a complete commitment to excellence and we are thankful for each and every person who contributes to these outstanding results.”
Participation in the study was not voluntary; all 4,783 of the nation’s acute care hospitals were evaluated by HealthGrades as part of its HealthGrades 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals report.
“In our study HealthGrades noted the rate of surgical intervention for women suffering a heart attack has increased over the years. This is good news, especially for patients who choose care at hospitals that are top performers in women’s healthcare,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA, HealthGrades Senior Physician Consultant and author of the study. “Our goal is to provide current, independent data on clinical outcomes to help prospective patients make informed decisions about their providers while also identifying hospitals that are setting national benchmarks to which other hospitals can aspire.”
If all of the nation’s hospitals had patient outcomes among women that at the level of those receiving the HealthGrades award, 39,450 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 19,062 women could have potentially avoided a major in-hospital complication.
The HealthGrades study examined hospitalization records from the MedPAR database in all 50 states, for the years 2008 through 2010. The following procedures and treatments were analyzed: heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery, and valve replacement; total knee and hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and hip fracture repair.
To be eligible for the HealthGrades award, hospitals must have met volume requirements in stroke and either coronary bypass or valve replacements; met the volume requirements in at least six additional cohorts of the 16 evaluated; and have transferred out less than 10 percent of stroke patients. Volume requirements are a minimum of 30 female discharges over the three years, with at least five in the most recent year for the cohort.
“As women become more likely to seek medical attention based on public reporting outcomes, this level of detail in reduction of complications will be most important,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA, HealthGrades senior physician consultant and the study’s author. “Which hospital an expectant mom chooses to a have her baby can result in lifelong consequences for both her and her baby, physicians and all care givers are able to use this data as impetus for improving their quality outcomes.”
HealthGrades conducted the research as part of its report, HealthGrades 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals. Key findings include:
- In the 19 states studied, 7 percent of women undergoing single live born deliveries experience an in-hospital complication.
- Hospitals that received the 5-Star rating had 62 percent fewer complications during childbirth compared to hospitals rated as poor.
- HealthGrades found the most common in-hospital complications for maternity care patients is lacerations, hemorrhages and postpartum infections.
The 224 hospitals that received the 5-Star rating for maternity care were evaluated on:
- Vaginal delivery maternal complications for single live deliveries
- C-section delivery maternal complication rates for single live deliveries
- Overall volume and volume of low birth weight deliveries
- Risk-adjusted infant mortality rates for single live deliveries
The HealthGrades 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals report, including the methodology, can be found at http://www.Healthgrades.com.
About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial has received HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award for 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007, for clinical outcomes which are among the Top 5% in the nation. Learn more at the Conemaugh Health System’s all new website, www.conemaugh.org.
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