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Dignity Health Mercy and Memorial Hospitals Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Women’s OB/Gyn Care

Memorial Hospital Among Top 10% of Hospitals for Gynecologic Surgery

BAKERSFIELD, CA – August 3, 2017 – Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital Southwest are proud to announce that we have received seven national awards from Healthgrades including 5-star achievement for our performance in OB/GYN Care.

From 2013-2015, patients treated in hospitals with 5-stars for Labor and Delivery Excellence have, on average a 53.8% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award*.

In addition to the 5-star award for vaginal deliveries, Memorial Hospital also received:

  • Five-Star Recipient for C-Section deliveries in 2017
  • Healthgrades 2017 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Recognized by Healthgrades in 2017 for Superior Performance in Gynecologic Surgery
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hysterectomy in 2017
  • Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Gynecologic Surgery in 2017

“Mercy and Memorial Hospitals have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care for our patients,” said Jon Van Boening, senior vice president, Dignity Health Central California. “In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, our commitment to achieving a superior degree of quality for our patients is more important than ever.”

To recognize our staff, physicians and leadership for this outstanding achievement, we will be hosting a celebration on Monday, August 7th at 12pm. Media is invited to attend and interviews will be available. Refreshments will be served.

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Robert A. Grimm Children’s Pavilion for Emergency Services - Adjacent to the Emergency Room (off San Dimas), Memorial Hospital – 420 34th Street

Healthgrades is the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor, the right hospital for the right care. Our achievements are part of new findings and data released today by Healthgrades and is featured in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-star rating indicates that Mercy and Memorial Hospitals’ clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures, as well as an evaluation of comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 18 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at


**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

Publish date: 

Thursday, August 03, 2017

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