St. Mary’s Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ and Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award

Oct 8, 2019

West Palm Beach, Fla.-October 8th 2019 – St. Mary’s Medical Center is being recognized with the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ and Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award by Healthgrades for the second year in a row. In fact, the hospital is the only one in Palm Beach County to achieve this. This distinction places St. Mary’s Medical Center in the top 5% of all hospitals evaluated for the exceptional care of mothers during and after labor and delivery according to Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. In addition to the OBGYN and Labor and Delivery Excellence Awards, St. Mary’s Medical Center has been recognized as a five-star recipient for Vaginal Delivery and C-Section Delivery for the 5th consecutive year.

“This achievement represents the hard work and dedication of our team at The Birthplace, and further highlights the exceptional care given by our hospital,” said Tenet CEO for Palm Beach County, Maggie Gill. “Receiving this designation speaks to our efforts to offer programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality to this community.”

“The birth of a child is one of life’s most significant milestones. Expectant parents should research and select a hospital with the highest clinical outcomes for the delivery of their baby,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award for the exceptional care they provide for mothers during labor and delivery.”

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 15 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2015 through 2017. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes:

  • From 2015 to 2017, if all hospitals included in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 105,690 patients1.
  • From 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 39.2% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award1.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

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