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Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital Top-ranked in Maternity Care

October 28, 2010
Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital top-ranked in maternity care 9/27/2010 3:50:24 PM Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital maternity care ranked top percent nationally HealthGrades study examined maternal complication rates and neonatal mortality rates at hospitals in 19 states DENVER - An independent study issued by HealthGrades ranks Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital among the top 10 percent in the nation for maternity care, the hospital announced today. Using objective patient-outcome data collected from state governments, the independent ratings organization ranked hospitals based on their maternal complication rates for vaginal and C-section deliveries as well as neonatal mortality rates. Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital received the 2010-11 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ and is the only hospital in Colorado to be ranked in the top 10 percent and to receive a 5-star rating for Maternity Care. Each month, more than 400 mothers deliver their babies at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital. "We are very proud to have received this designation as it affirms the hard work, dedication and focus on quality patient care that our team has always maintained as a top priority," said Bain Farris, president and CEO of Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital. "Our team of medical professionals, from physicians to nurses, to all of the support staff, are constantly evaluating and implementing the latest in medical care practice as well as always looking for new ways to improve our family centered care environment." The study, which ranked hospitals as well as tracked trends in maternity care, found that top-rated hospitals had fewer complications than low-rated hospitals. Mothers at top-rated hospitals had, on average, 51 percent fewer complications for vaginal deliveries and 74 percent fewer complications for C-sections compared with poorly rated hospitals. The study was conducted independently by HealthGrades and included all hospitals in the 19 states that provide data for analysis. The records of more than 1,500 hospitals were examined. "Objective data shows that hospitals can vary in terms of complication rates and neonatal mortality rates," said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and co-author of the study. "The hospitals in the top 10 percent in the nation for maternity care should be proud not only of the outstanding care they deliver, but also for the quality benchmarks they are setting for other hospitals to follow." "We are truly committed to providing the safest care possible and we embrace the philosophy of family centered care, where our patients and families are an active part of the care team," said Dr. Gerald Zarlengo, medical director of the Women's & Children's Services. "We focus on having the most positive clinical outcome possible in a warm and comfortable room environment complete with all the latest amenities. Our specialists are highly trained in the care and management of moms ranging from an expected normal delivery to a high risk pregnancy. In addition, we are supported by a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery which is also a leader in the care of critically ill newborns." 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 The full HealthGrades Maternity Care study, along with its methodology, can be downloaded at www.healthgrades.com. About Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital Saint Joseph Hospital was established as the first private hospital in Colorado 137 years ago by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas. Today, 565-bed Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital is one of the most respected hospitals in Denver as part of the Exempla Healthcare and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. The hospital remains a Catholic health care facility that cares for more patients on an inpatient basis than any other hospital in the Denver metropolitan area and continues as the largest private teaching hospital in Denver. The hospital provides a tradition of caring that includes compassionate caregivers, stellar clinical expertise and the most advanced technology available.