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Study Rates Mission Regional Medical Center's Maternity Care 5-Stars

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woman with newborn babyMission, TX (July 21, 2010) – Maternity care at Mission Regional Medical Center received a 5-star rating from 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 can be found at