Whittier Hospital Medical Center: Maternity Care Top Ranked Top 10% Nationally

HealthGrades Study Examined Maternal Complication Rates and Neonatal Mortality Rates at Hospitals in 19 States

An independent study issued today by HealthGrades ranks Whittier Hospital Medical Center among the top 10% in nation for maternity care, the hospital announced today. Using objective patient-outcomes 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.

Whittier Hospital Medical Center's superior quality performance has allowed the hospital to be named a recipient of the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ for the third consecutive year. The hospital has received a 5-Star rating, the highest possible rating from HealthGrades, for four years in a row.

This consistent performance demonstrates the excellence in care for mothers-to-be and their infants when choosing Whittier Hospital. "Of critical importance is the effective teamwork and communication we offer in providing compassionate, quality patient care within an atmosphere that is family-centered and culturally sensitive. Our ultimate goal is a healthy mother and baby with a strong commitment to serving the needs of our community", states Carmen Rezak, CRNP, Director of Perinatal Services.

Each month on average 190 mothers deliver their babies at Whittier Hospital Medical Center.

The Seventh Annual HealthGrades Maternity Care in American Hospitals Study™ ranked hospitals as well as tracked trends in maternity care. The study found that top-rated hospitals, like Whittier, had fewer complications than low-rated hospitals. Mothers at top-rated hospitals had, on average, 51% fewer complications for vaginal deliveries and 74% fewer complications for C-sections compared with poorly rated hospitals.

"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% 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."

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.

Whittier Hospital Medical Center has focused on many quality and service initiatives which contributed to our success in achieving outstanding maternity care outcomes.
Some of these initiatives include the following:
Education of staff regarding evidence based practice and application to the perinatal patient.

Promotion of breastfeeding with the goal to increase our exclusive breastfeeding rates by encouraging, advocating, educating and supporting mothers in their efforts to breastfeed their infants. Research has proven that breast milk provides numerous infant and maternal benefits.

Patient focused rounding to improve service, communication, education and safety for parents and 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 Whittier Hospital Medical Center
Whittier Hospital Medical Center, owned and operated by AHMC Healthcare Inc., is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Whittier Hospital Medical staff consists of approximately 500 physicians representing over 40 specialties. It has been providing health care to residents of the southeast San Gabriel Valley for more than 50 years. A culturally sensitive hospital, the 178-bed facility provides a range of services..

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