Healthgrades Ranks WB In Top Five Percent In US For Maternity Care 
 
 

Women Who Give Birth at Top Hospitals Have 76 Percent Fewer Complications for C-Section, 52 Percent Fewer for Vaginal Birth

Boca Raton, FL – West Boca Medical Center announced that it has received the 2009/2010 Maternity Care Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, ranking them among the top 5% in the nation for maternity care services. This is the third year in a row that West Boca Medical Center has achieved this distinction!

Wide gaps in quality outcomes for maternity care persist, according to a new study released today by HealthGrades. The Sixth Annual HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals study analyzes patient outcomes for maternity care and inhospital treatment of 16 other procedures/diagnoses concerning women’s health.

"I am proud to say that this is West Boca Medical Center’s fourth consecutive year to receive this award. We could not have done this without the dedication and talents of our nurses and medical staff", said Mitch Feldman, CEO at West Boca Medical Center

Study findings include the following:

The difference in quality of care between maternity programs is substantial for both vaginal and C-section deliveries: the best-performing hospitals had 52% fewer maternal complications among women who had vaginal births compared to poor-performing hospitals and 76% fewer complications among women who had C-sections. Patient-choice C-sections had the largest difference at 84% between best- and poor-performing hospitals.

If all hospitals, among the 19 states studied, performed at the level of the best-performing hospitals from 2005 through 2007, 182,129 women may have avoided developing one or more inhospital major obstetrics complications.

Best-performing hospitals had a 56% lower weight-stratified neonatal mortality compared to poor-performing hospitals.

C-section rates average approximately 32% among the 19 states studied.

"Choosing the hospital where you will have your baby is a major decision in a woman’s life," said Dr. Rick May, senior physician consultant with HealthGrades and a study co-author. "This study highlights the differences in quality between hospitals and gives women information to make an informed choice about where they will have their baby."

In the study, HealthGrades analyzed approximately 13 million hospital delivery and neonate records from 2005 through 2007 in more than 1,500 hospitals in 19 all-payer states for this study and identified 218 hospitals as being five-star rated in maternity care.

The full study can be found at www.healthgrades.com.

About West Boca Medical Center 

West Boca Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 195-bed acute care hospital located 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 four years in a row (2006/2007 and 2007/2008, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010). HealthGrades ranks West Boca’s maternity program among the top 5% five percent in the nation.

 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).