HealthGrades Names Mission Regional Medical Center Among Best in Nation in Maternity Care

September 20, 2011

“I am so satisfied with the care my baby and I have received at Mission Regional,” said Priscilla Cavazos as she swaddled baby Lillyann Marie. “The staff was great and so friendly. I knew I was well taken care of.”

Mission, TX – A report released recently by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, named Mission Regional Medical Center a 5-Star rated facility for Maternity Care. 2011 marks the sixth time Mission Regional Medical Center has achieved this distinction. HealthGrades' report found that women who give birth at 5-Star rated hospitals experience better outcomes and fewer complications. Mission Regional is committed to providing the women of Rio Grande Valley and their babies with the highest possible quality care.

“The care that we provide to the women and newborns of the Valley is extraordinary, and we are so proud to have that level of care acknowledged,” said, Kerri Jenkins, Chief Nursing Officer. “This recognition emphasizes and confirms the consistent high quality, compassionate care that is provided each and every day here at Mission Regional Medical Center”

”This is a prestigious award for our Maternity Department," said Javier Iruegas, CEO, Mission Regional Medical Center. "To receive this honor from HealthGrades six times speaks to the level of expertise, dedication, caring and commitment by all of our maternity care staff. We are honored by this designation and proud to be able to provide such a high level of care to the women and their newborns in our community."

“Women today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a health care provider who aligns with their personal preferences,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA and HealthGrades Senior Physician Consultant. “Mothers-to-be can optimize their chances for receiving the highest possible quality of care by researching and comparing the clinical outcomes of hospitals and doctors in their area.”

One of the key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Obstetrics & Gynecology in American Hospitals report include the following fact:

If all hospitals performed at the level of 5-Star rated hospitals in maternity care, 32% of these complications, (141,869), could have been potentially prevented.