WB Continues Top Maternity Hospital 
Tuesday, 24 June 2008 
CEO Walt Mickens, Chief Nursing Offier Ruth Schwarzkopf and Director of Maternity Services Louise Toby-Harris. 

Best-Performing Hospitals Have 76 Percent Fewer Cesarean Section Complications among Women, According to Study

BOCA RATON, FL -- West Boca Medical Center announced today that it has been recognized with a five-star rating for clinical excellence in maternity care, based on a study issued by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings company.

The HealthGrades Fifth Annual Report on Women's Health Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals found that best-performing hospitals had almost 51 percent fewer maternal complications among women who had vaginal births compared to poor-performing hospitals, and 76 percent fewer for women undergoing cesarean section births.

The HealthGrades study also identified West Boca Medical Center as ranking in top 5% in the nation for maternity care services for the third year in a row.

"It is a great honor for our Maternity Care physicians and nurses to be recognized for their outstanding service to our community," said Ruth Schwarzkopf, CNO.  "Achieving this award for three years in a row is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff."

HealthGrades analyzed over 12.5 million hospital delivery and neonate records from 2004 through 2006 in over 1440 hospitals and found:

¥ If all hospitals had performed at the level of the best-performing hospitals, 188,673 women may have avoided developing one or more in-hospital major maternal obstetrics complications associated with vaginal or C-section delivery.

¥ The best-performing hospitals had almost 76 percent fewer maternal complications among women who had C-sections compared to poor-performing hospitals.

"Knowing the various methods of how the statistics were obtained only further strengthens the integrity and excellence of our staff," said Louise Toby-Harris, Director of Maternal Services. "This recognition proves that hard work leads to great success."

"Women account for 60 percent of all hospitalizations each year," said Samantha Collier, HealthGrades Chief Medical Officer. "The majority of them enter the hospital to give birth. Our research demonstrates the critical need for these women to evaluate the quality of maternity care provided by the hospital before making this important decision."

For its 2008/2009 ratings, HealthGrades independently analyzed the quality of maternity care at hospitals in the 17 states that publish outcomes data, objectively assessing their clinical performance and quality. HealthGrades applied the following rating system to all hospitals included in the analysis:

.  Five-star (Best) = Top 15% of all hospitals within 17 states
.  Three-star (Average) = Middle 70% of all hospitals within 17 states
.  One-star (Poor) = Bottom 15% of all hospitals within 17 states

The complete maternity care and women's health services ratings are published, free of charge, on HealthGrades Web site, www.HealthGrades.com. Ratings for 27 other medical procedures and diagnoses--including cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, stroke, orthopedics, critical care, bariatric, and gastrointestinal services--are also available on the Web site.

West Boca Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 185-bed acute care hospital at 21644 State Road 7 in Boca Raton, Florida. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the community and surrounding areas for over 20 years.

West Boca Medical Center offers a broad array of services, including general medical and surgical care, cardiac and surgical intensive care, outpatient surgery services, 24-hour emergency services for adults and children, diabetes education, a cystic fibrosis program for adults and children, outpatient rehabilitation services and a sleep diagnostic center.

The hospital also offers several specialties, including a level III neonatal intensive care unit, the BirthCare Pavilion, a pediatric unit and a pediatric intensive care unit.

 It is also a recipient of the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award two years in a row (2006/2007 and 2007/2008).

West Boca Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

For more information about West Boca Medical Center or for physician referral, call 866-904-WBMC (9262).