Mission, TX (July 21, 2010) – Maternity care at Mission Regional Medical Center received a 5-star
HealthGrades, the independent healthcare ratings organization, based on its low complication
rates for vaginal and C-section deliveries, and its low rates of neonatal
mortality. The HealthGrades study of maternity care, released recently,
examined all 1,546 hospitals that provide maternity care in the 19 states
that collect and publish outcomes data.
This marks the fifth time Mission Regional Medical Center has received
this designation. Mission Regional Medical Center welcomed more than 2200
new babies into the world in 2009.
“To earn a five-star rating for clinical excellence in maternity
care five-years in a row speaks volumes about the exceptional care our
Maternity Center delivers at Mission Regional Medical Center. Our physicians and staff
work hard to provide our community with the highest level of care and
this recognition validates their tremendous effort,” said Javier
Iruegas, CEO, Mission Regional Medical Center.
The study rated each hospital with 1, 3 or 5 stars for its maternity care
based on maternal complication rates and neonatal mortality rates. As
a group, 5-star rated hospitals had 51% fewer maternal complications for
vaginal deliveries and 74% fewer maternal complications for C-sections
when compared with hospitals rated with 1-star.
The HealthGrades study found that if all of the 1,546 hospitals performed
at the level of 5-star rated hospitals, 176,654 women might have avoided
developing one or more in hospital major obstetric complications during
the three-year period studied, 2006 to 2008.
“Hospitals rated with 5-stars for their maternity care are –
by the numbers – bringing outstanding care to mothers-to-be and
their babies,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades
and co-author of the study. “Members of the community should feel
quite proud to have in their midst a hospital that performs at a high
level over time in such an important area of care.”
“It is a testament to our entire staff of physicians and nurses that
we have received a five-star rating again,” said Jane Cipriano,
RN, Maternity Center Director, Mission Regional Medical Center. “Expectant
mothers are becoming more and more sophisticated in choosing where they
have their babies and are using HealthGrades ratings to pick the best
hospital in their area.”
Zaida Gutierrez (pictured) delivered her baby Francesca at MRMC a week
ago. “I delivered at Mission Regional because I heard nothing but
good comments from other women I know that have also delivered here. I
was told that the staff was very nice and attentive. And my friends were
right, everyone at the hospital made me feel very comfortable and at-home”
said Ms. Gutierrez from Edinburg.
“The fact that Mission Regional Medical Center has one of the most
well equipped and staffed Neonatal Intensive Care Units means providing
that extra care to the tiniest of patients, should they need it, which
in turn gives expectant mothers peace of mind when they come and deliver
here,” said Ann Wilson, RN, ChildrensHealth Director.
Hospitals were evaluated in the HealthGrades study 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; and
- Newborn mortality rate stratified into eight birth weight categories.
More information on how HealthGrades guides America to better healthcare
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