June 18, 2014 — The Valley Hospital has been recognized with the Maternity Care Excellence Award and the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award for providing outstanding performance in healthcare services for women, as measured by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Valley also received five-star ratings from Healthgrades and is ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for both areas of care.
Patients treated at five-star hospitals have a significantly lower risk of complications, according to Healthgrades. The excellence awards were presented to 116 of the best-performing hospitals for maternity care and 122 for gynecologic surgery across 17 states.
“We are very pleased to receive this recognition,” said Audrey Meyers, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Valley Hospital. “It’s a wonderful reflection of the standard of care we provide to all our patients and a testament to the priority Valley staff and physicians place on delivering high-quality, compassionate care to our patients and their families.”
Gynecologic surgery includes surgery on the female reproductive system to treat benign tumors, cancer, infertility, incontinence, and various other conditions. In its analysis, Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in quality for gynecologic surgery. From 2010 through 2012, patients treated in hospitals receiving 5-stars for Gynecologic Surgery have, on average a 57.45 percent lower risk of experiencing complications than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1-star. From 2010 through 2012, if all hospitals performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars in Gynecologic Surgery: 17,760 in-hospital complications may have potentially been avoided.
To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in maternity care, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the 17 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2010 through 2012. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance can make a difference in terms of clinical outcomes. Its report highlights that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals had 54.3 percent fewer complications during a vaginal childbirth delivery and 77.5 percent fewer during a C-section delivery than those treated at 1-star rated hospitals.
“It is important for women to have confidence in their choice of a healthcare provider. The Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Award recipients have achieved this distinction by demonstrating an established commitment to clinical care and providing better than expected outcomes in women’s health over an extended period of time,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Choosing one of these hospitals can help provide piece of mind to women that they are making the right decision for their healthcare.”