West Boca Maternity Care In Top Five Percent In U.S. 
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 

Independent Analysis Based on Complication Rates and Neonatal Mortality Rates

BOCA RATON, FL -- Maternity Care at West Boca Medical Center is among the top 5% in the nation, according to a new study issued today by HealthGrades, the independent ratings organization. The study used state government data to compare hospitals in terms of complication rates for vaginal and C-section deliveries and neonatal mortality. This is the fourth straight year West Boca has been honored with this distinction.

As a result, the hospital received the 2010/2011 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award.

“This is an incredible honor for not only our maternity service, but the entire hospital too,” said West Boca CEO Mitch Feldman. “We certainly pride ourselves having the best care possible for expecting parents, and this award validates our hard work and dedication. The Medical Center cannot maintain this high level within the hospital without the outstanding teamwork provided by our obstetricians, perinatologists, anesthesiologists and nursing staff.”

As a group, top-rated hospitals in the HealthGrades study had 51% fewer maternal complications for vaginal deliveries and 74% fewer maternal complications for C-sections, when compared with the poorest-rated hospitals.

The study examined all hospitals in the 19 states that collect and publish outcomes data from hospitals, 1,546 in all. The study found that if all these hospitals performed at the level of the best-performing hospitals,176,654 women may have avoided developing one or more major in-hospital obstetrical complications, during the period studied (2006-2008).

West Boca Medical Center is the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in North Broward County and Boca Raton. It features private birthing suites with private bathrooms, 24-hour, seven-day-a-week anesthesia services, neonatologists and flexible visiting hours.

For this analysis by HealthGrades, hospitals were evaluated using the following criteria:

.  Maternal complication rate among women undergoing single live-born vaginal or C-section deliveries

.  Maternal complication rate among women undergoing “patient-choice” or non- clinically indicated C-sections

.  Newborn volume adjusted for low birth weight

,  Newborn mortality rate stratified into eight birth weight categories,

See the complete methodology for the Health Grades Maternity Care study

About West Boca Medical Center

West Boca Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 195-bed acute care hospital at 21644 State Road 7 in Boca Raton, Florida. West Boca Medical Center has been serving the medical and healthcare needs of its community and surrounding areas for over 20 years.

West Boca Medical Center offers a broad array of services, including general medical and surgical care, orthopedics and sports medicine, a robotic surgery program offering minimally invasive surgery for gynecological, urological and general surgical procedures, a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center featuring open MRI and digital mammography, 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 specialized sleep diagnostic center with a dedicated lab for infants and pediatrics as well as adults. West Boca Medical Center is also a Certified Primary Stroke 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 four years in a row (2006/2007 and 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010). HealthGrades has ranked West Boca’s maternity program among the top 5% five percent in the nation for three years in a row (2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010).

The hospital 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 or for physician referral, call 866-904-WBMC (9262).