UH Among Top 10% in the Nation in Women's Health

Union Hospital today announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award. This recognition places Union Hospital among the top 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals in women’s health, which includes care provided to women for common conditions and procedures treated in the hospital.

Carey Gardner, director of Community Relations, says the Healthgrades data shows a marked difference between the top 10 percent and bottom 10 percent of the nation’s hospitals in caring for women.

“Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals have the potential to save women’s lives,” Gardner said. “Compared to hospitals that performed in the bottom 10% from 2010 through 2012, Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients as a group had a 55 percent lower mortality rate across eight medical conditions and procedures and a 21 percent lower complication rate across seven conditions and procedures.”

Healthgrades data is from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services MedPAR Data submitted from 2010 to 2012.

Gardner says the Healthgrades data states that if all hospitals nationwide performed at the level of the Women’s Health Excellence Award winners:

  • 22,737 women’s lives could have potentially been saved.
  • 30,577 women could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications.

Union Hospital is one of 16 hospitals in Ohio to receive the Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award and one of 176 hospitals in the nation. Gardner says Healthgrades is a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“Women tend to fare worse than men in the treatment of significant medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, so it is important for women to understand their risks and select a hospital accordingly,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President of Healthgrades. “The Healthgrades 2014 Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach to delivering superior quality care for women.”

This top 10 percent recognition for Union Hospital is especially significant to this community, according to Bruce James, President and CEO of Union Hospital.

“We are proud that Union Hospital has been named by Healthgrades among the nation’s leading hospitals in caring for women, saving lives, and reducing complications,” James noted. “We must credit this achievement to the hard work, skill, and dedication of our community’s physicians and the employees of Union Hospital.”

This is the second award recognition for Union Hospital in recent months according to Gardner.

“In June Union Hospital was named to the list of the ‘100 Great Community Hospitals’ by Becker’s Hospital Review,” Gardner said. “Becker’s evaluated community hospitals around the nation, taking into account awards and high rankings for clinical quality, patient safety, and patient satisfaction.”

For more information, Gardner says the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2014, including full methodology, is available on-line at: www.healthgrades.com/quality

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