Providence Medical Centers The Choice for Women: HealthGrades Awards Five PH&S Hospitals for Quality Care

June 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES (June 19, 2012) – All five Providence medical centers in the Los Angeles Area earned top honors today for women’s services ranging from maternity to surgery. Two of the hospitals ranked second in the state in their respective top specialties.

HealthGrades, a leading consumer rating agency, ranked Providence Tarzana Medical Center among the top 5 percent in the nation for excellence in women’s healthcare and maternity care. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance earned the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, also ranking among the top 5 percent in the nation. HealthGrades evaluated all 4,783 of the nation’s acute care hospitals and ranked these two hospitals second best in California for patient outcomes- Providence Tarzana for its mother-baby care and PLCMT for surgeries, including hysterectomy.

Also notable was Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, which earned a 5-Star rating for maternity for the 10th consecutive year.

Additionally, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro was 5-Star rated for Gynecologic Surgery for the second consecutive year. Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, which opened its new Women’s Pavilion in 2011, earned the Maternity Care Excellence Award for three years in a row.

“More and more our patients are looking at ratings such as these to evaluate hospitals for their health care and for their families’ needs,” said Lanny Eason, M.D., chief medical officer for Providence Southern California. “For several years our goal has been to improve upon our excellence. Teamwork, innovation, expert-to-expert consultations and a dedication to providing quality and compassionate care result in great outcomes for our patients. These awards today reflect the success of those efforts.”

Here is a list of all women's services HealthGrades awards presented this week to Providence Southern California hospitals:

Providence Tarzana Medical Center:

  • Maternity Excellence Award for three years in a row
  • Top 10 percent in the nation for Maternity Care
  • 5-Star Award for Maternity Care for three years in a row
  • Women’s Health Excellence Awards
  • Ranked Among the top 5 percent in the nation for Women’s Health
  • 5-Star Award for Women’s Health
  • Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award for two years in a row
  • 5-Star rated for Gynecologic Surgery for two years in a row

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance:

  • Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award for two years in a row
  • 5-Star rated for Gynecologic Surgery for two years in a row 
  • Top 5 in California for Gynecologic Surgery for two years in a row
  • Top 10 percent in the nation for Gynecologic Surgery for two years in a row

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank:

  • 5-Star rated for Maternity Care for 10 years in a row
  • 5-Star Award for Gynecologic Surgery for two years in a row

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro

  • 5-Star rated for Gynecologic Surgery for two years in a row
  • Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills:
  • Maternity Care Excellence Award for three years in a row

 

HealthGrades found that women who give birth at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 62 percent fewer complications than lower-performing hospitals. Those who undergo gynecologic surgery at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 56 percent fewer complications than lower-performing hospitals.

“As women become more likely to seek medical attention based on public reporting outcomes, this level of detail in reduction of complications will be most important,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA, Healthgrades senior physician consultant and the study’s author. “Which hospital an expectant mom chooses to a have her baby can result in life long consequences for both her and her baby, physicians and all care givers are able to use this data as impetus for improving their quality outcomes.” For gynecologic surgery, “Our goal is not only to arm female patients with up-to-date statistics on clinical outcomes as they research and select healthcare providers, but also to name the hospitals that are setting the national standard for gynecologic surgery.

HealthGrades conducted the research as part of its report, HealthGrades 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals. Key findings include:

  • In the 19 states studied, 7 percent of women undergoing single live born deliveries experience an in-hospital complication.
  • Hospitals that received the 5-Star rating had 62 percent fewer complications during childbirth compared to hospitals rated as poor.
  • HealthGrades found the most common in-hospital complications for maternity care patients is lacerations, hemorrhages and postpartum infections.
  • In the 19 states studied, 9.2 percent of women undergoing gynecologic surgery experienced an in-hospital complication.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of the 5-Star hospitals, 37,711 of these complications could have potentially been prevented.

While hysterectomies comprised 79 percent of all in-patient gynecologic procedures, this procedure has seen a 31 percent drop in volume between 2002 and 2010. HealthGrades also found that the most common in-hospital complications for gynecologic surgery patients include bowel obstructions, hemorrhages, and respiratory complications.

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