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Healthgrades Names Holy Name Medical Center Among Best in Nation for Maternity Care and Gynecological Surgery

Date: 7/29/2011

Report Finds Women Treated at Top Hospitals Have One-Third Fewer Complications

Teaneck, N.J. - Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) has received the 2011 Maternity Care Specialty Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades, which ranks the Medical Center among the top 5% in the nation for maternity care outcomes. Holy Name also received HealthGrades' 5-Star rating for gynecological surgery for 2011. HNMC is one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to receive these citations from HealthGrades, an independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes.

Gynecological surgery rankings are based on a HealthGrades report that finds women who undergo gyn surgery at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 35% fewer complications. A five-star ranking indicates that a hospital's actual performance was "better than predicted and the difference was statistically significant."

"Delivering high-performance, comprehensive care is all about offering the full continuum of services within a framework that emphasizes quality and safety," says Michael Maron, President/CEO of Holy Name Medical Center. "In maternity, that starts during the pre-conception period and carries through post-delivery. In gynecologic surgery, it begins with the goal of prevention and, when that's not possible, early diagnosis, timely treatment and regular follow-up monitoring. We've made exciting progress in women's health over the last year, offering new and enhanced services, and it's gratifying to see those efforts recognized."

Features that contribute to outstanding maternity care at Holy Name include:
  • A comprehensive Maternal-Fetal Medicine program for high-risk and complicated pregnancies
  • 24/7 in-house coverage by board-certified obstetricians and pediatricians, board-certified neonatologists, and board-certified anesthesiologists specifically dedicated to obstetrics
  • Central fetal monitoring and maternal monitoring
  • Dedicated staff in labor and delivery, postpartum and the special care nursery
According to Daniel Smith, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Holy Name, features that contribute to outstanding gynecologic surgical care at Holy Name include:
  • Board-certified and fellowship-trained gynecologists and gynecologic specialty surgeons, including gynecologic oncology and uro-gynecology
  • Expertise in treating a broad spectrum of gynecologic problems, including vaginal prolapse, urinary incontinence, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, hysterectomy and all gynecologic cancers
  • Extensive experience in the use of minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery, for most gynecologic operations, allowing shorter hospitalization and earlier return to normal activities
  • Integrated care with attention to women's wellness, with the goal of prevention and earliest detection of gynecologic conditions
Key Report Findings


Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Obstetrics & Gynecology in American Hospitals report include:
  • In the 19 states studied, 7% of women undergoing single live born deliveries experience an in-hospital complication. If all hospitals performed at the level of 5-Star rated hospitals in maternity care, 32% of these complications, (141,869), could have been potentially prevented.
  • In the 19 states studied, 9% percent of women undergoing gynecologic surgery experienced an in-hospital complication. If all hospitals performed at the level of the best hospitals, 35% of these complications (30,675) could have been potential prevented.
  • While hysterectomies are the most common gynecological procedure performed in hospitals, comprising 79% of all the inpatient gynecologic surgeries, the number has decreased substantially. Since 2002, the number has declined 31%.
  • The highest rate of C-section was found in Florida (38.6%) and New Jersey (38.0%). The lowest rate was found in Utah (22.4%).