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Holy Name Medical Center Receives Healthgrades 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award

Date: 7/8/2013

Holy Name Medical Center has achieved Healthgrades' 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.  The distinction places Holy Name within the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated, for the exceptional care provided to mothers during and after childbirth, and to their newborn babies.

Features that contribute to outstanding maternity care at Holy Name include:
  • Experienced nurses who are cross-trained for labor and delivery, postpartum and neonatal care
  • 24/7 in-house coverage by board-certified obstetricians and pediatricians, board-certified neonatologists, and board-certified anesthesiologists specifically dedicated to obstetrics
  • A comprehensive Maternal-Fetal Medicine program for high-risk and complicated pregnancies
  • Central fetal monitoring and maternal monitoring
  • Personalized, family-centered care
  • Educational programs and support services
  • Beautifully designed mother/baby suites that provide a comfortable, home-like environment
"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, Holy Name Medical Center. "In addition to our terrific nursing and medical staff, we find that the home-like environment of our BirthPlace unit, its family-centered philosophy, and our flexibility on such matters as rooming-in and visiting hours, contribute to the high rate of satisfaction among our maternity patients. We're very proud that our Medical Center provides such an outstanding experience for mothers, loved ones and newborns, and it's gratifying to see our efforts acknowledged on a national level."

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in maternity care, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the 18 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2009 through 2011.

Maternity care ratings are based on the analysis and equal weighting of the following factors:
  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing vaginal deliveries
  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing C-sections
  • Number of newborn deliveries adjusted for low birth weight
  • Newborn risk-adjusted mortality
The variation in hospital performance can make a difference in terms of clinical outcomes. The Healthgrades report highlights that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals had 55% fewer complications during a vaginal childbirth delivery and 77% fewer during a C-section delivery than those treated at 1-star rated hospitals.

"Hospital complication, birth rate and newborn mortality rates are important pieces of quality information that all women should be aware of when they are making their decision about how and where to deliver their baby," said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. "Patients can rest assured that those hospitals recognized as a Healthgrades 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award recipient have demonstrated an established commitment to maternal care."

For additional details on the methodology for selecting the Maternity Care Excellence Award recipients, please see the complete Healthgrades Women's Health Report 2013: 'Lean In' When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome at