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St. Mary’s Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020)

Aug 11, 2020

St. Mary’s Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™. This distinction places St. Mary’s Medical Center in the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated and recognizes the exceptional care of mothers during and after labor and delivery, according to Healthgrades, a leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

“The St. Mary’s Medical Center team is very proud to have received this Healthgrades labor and delivery excellence award recognition for three years in a row,” said Cynthia McCauley, chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Medical Center & Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. “All of our employees and physicians are committed to providing high quality and compassionate care to all of our patients and families delivering at our hospital.”

“Today, expectant parents are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of hospital quality and understand that it needs to play a factor in selecting where to deliver their baby,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “The 2020 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award recognizes those hospitals that provide high quality care for mothers during labor and delivery, so parents can have confidence in their decision.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in labor and delivery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for virtually every hospital in each of the 16 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2016 through 2018. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes:

  • From 2016 through 2018, if all hospitals included in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, 124,867 patients with complications could have potentially been avoided 
  • From 2016 through 2018, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 40% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award
In addition to being recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Performance in Labor and Delivery for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020), St. Mary’s Medical Center has received a five-star for Vaginal Delivery and C-Section Delivery for 6 Years in a Row (2015-2020).

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