For the fourth consecutive year, Mission Regional 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, the nation’s 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 complications for women undergoing cesarean section births.
The HealthGrades study ranked Mission Regional Medical Center in the top 5 percent in the nation for maternity care services.
“On behalf of all our Maternity Care employees, as well as our dedicated physicians, it is an honor to once again receive this distinction from HealthGrades," said Javier Iruegas, CEO of Mission Regional Medical Center. "What could be better for our community than to know that a highly regarded, independent source has determined that Mission Regional Medical Center overall clinical quality for our maternity patients is at an exceptional level compared to hospitals nationwide? Everyone throughout our organization and in the community should take pride in this tremendous accomplishment."
HealthGrades analyzed over 12.5 million hospital delivery and neonate records from 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.
“I chose to deliver my baby at Mission Regional Medical Center because of its reputation as a 5-star rated Maternity Center. When the time came to deliver my baby, I received excellent care from the nurses. They catered to my every need. My obstetrician, Dr. Gretchen Velasco, was also wonderful. Both my husband and I had an overall great experience at Mission Regional Medical Center,” said Brenda Treviño, from Pharr.
“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, http://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 HealthGrades Web site.