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Dignity Health Central Coast Hospitals Receive Women’s Care Ratings and Specialty Excellence Awards from Healthgrades

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Both hospitals ranked in the top 10% for C-Section Delivery, amongst other honors.
CENTRAL COAST, CA – July 25 2017 – Two Dignity Health Central Coast Hospitals, French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), are proud to announce they are recipients of 2017 Women’s Care Ratings and Specialty Excellence Awards by Healthgrades. 

FHMC has been named a 2017 Five-Star Recipient for C-Section Delivery. MRMC has been awarded a 2017 Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery, C-Section Delivery, and Gynecologic Surgery. These awards help female patients know and understand a hospital’s clinical performance in childbirth, hysterectomies, and other gynecologic surgeries. They provide women the information needed to make informed decisions about where to seek treatment for the best possible outcomes. 

To be considered for an award in these specialty areas, a hospital has to be evaluated and categorized into one of three performance categories for both C-Section Delivery and Vaginal Delivery, and both categories for Hysterectomy and Gynecologic Procedures. Healthgrades evaluate both procedures based on in-hospital complications and the award is based on a volume-weighted average of the z-scores for these procedures. These honors are awarded to the top 10% of facilities that achieve these distinctions. 

“These honors are a testament of Dignity Health Central Coast’s commitment to the highest level of safe, quality health care services that our employees and physicians provide each and every day,” says Charles J. Cova, Senior Vice President of Operations, Dignity Health. “We have made and continue to make a significant commitment to education and training, and we continue to invest in state-of-the-art technologies that enable our staff and physicians to provide the highest quality of care available.”

Among these honors, FHMC and MRMC have received more than 44 awards collectively from Healthgrades. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance based on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records for the most recent three-year time period available from over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 36 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. 

Dignity Health Central Coast’s new Healthgrades Women’s Care Excellence Awards can be found at


About French Hospital Medical Center

French Hospital Medical Center, located in San Luis Obispo, California, is rated one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation and one of the Top 50 Cardiac Hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters.  The Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center provides the latest innovative cardiac and imaging technology on the Central Coast. The hospital’s current modernization and redesign project is an example of the commitment to meet the growing needs of the community with lifesaving advancements in medicine coupled with excellent, compassionate care.

The hospital is home to the unique Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families.  French is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017