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MRMC Receives Excellence Recognition in HealthGrades Maternity Care Report For Third Year

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3 people in nursery roomMission Regional Medical Center announced today that it has been recognized with a five-star rating for clinical excellence in a maternity care report issued today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company. In addition, Mission Regional Medical Center ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for maternity care, and as a result has been recognized with the HealthGrades 2007/2008 Maternity Care Excellence Award™.

The 2007/2008 HealthGrades programmatic ratings for maternity care are based on the following criteria: in-hospital complication rates associated with vaginal and cesarean deliveries, in-hospital volume, neonatal mortality, and complication rates for non-medically indicated or patient choice cesarean sections.

“It is always an honor to be ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for maternity care,” said Desi Canals, MD, Chief of Staff, at Mission Regional Medical Center. “As a physician, what I find even more rewarding is when a mother tells me or a nurse that she plans to deliver her baby at Mission Regional Medical Center because of our excellence in care, service, and national reputation for exceptional maternity care. That puts it in perspective and speaks volumes to me,” added Dr. Canals.

For its 2007/2008 ratings, HealthGrades independently analyzed the quality of maternity care for more than 1,500 hospitals across 19 states that make this information publicly available, objectively assessing their clinical performance and quality over the three-year period. The four criteria measured were weighted using predetermined weights based on consensus from a physician panel. Each factor’s percentile score was multiplied by its weight and then summed to create an overall score. Based upon each hospital’s overall score, HealthGrades applied the following rating system:

  • Five-star (Best) = Top 15% of all hospitals within 19 states
  • Three-star (Average) = Middle 70% of all hospitals within 19 states
  • One-star (Poor) = Bottom 15% of all hospitals within 19 states

Receiving a five-star designation indicates a hospital has scored in the Top 15% or better in the nation for clinical quality.

“Our consistent ratings of excellence from HealthGrades demonstrate our continued commitment to new mothers and their newborns. It is also a reflection of our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff who strive daily to provide quality, compassionate maternity care,” noted Javier Iruegas, CEO, of Mission Regional Medical Center.

“Each year, HealthGrades conducts the largest annual studies of hospital quality in America,” explained Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ Chief Medical Officer. “The fact is, a close analysis of the data shows that the quality of maternity care varies widely from hospital to hospital, so it’s important for individuals to have this vital information as they evaluate hospitals.”

The complete maternity care ratings are published; free of charge, on the HealthGrades Web site,