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For Immediate Release

Englewood Hospital’s Maternity Care Ranked Top 5% Nationally

HealthGrades Study Examined Maternal Complication and Neonatal Mortality Rates 

Englewood, NJ (June 30, 2010) – An independent study issued today by HealthGrades ranks Englewood Hospital & Medical Center among the top 5% in the nation for maternity care, the hospital announced today. Using objective patient-outcome data collected from state governments, the independent ratings organization ranked hospitals based on their maternal complication rates for vaginal and C-section deliveries as well as neonatal mortality rates.

Englewood Hospital is one of only six hospitals in New Jersey to be ranked in the top 5% in the nation. For being in the top 5%, Englewood Hospital received the 2010/2011 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™.

“This recognition is a reflection of our medical staff’s dedicated commitment to the delivery of quality, compassionate maternity care,” said Dr. Faith Frieden, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Englewood Hospital. “We are extremely proud of our doctors, nurses and staff who work tirelessly each and every day to ensure that mothers and babies at the Medical Center get a healthy and happy start to life.”

Englewood Hospital has an extensive history of clinical excellence in Maternity Care. The hospital’s outstanding clinical outcomes have been recognized by HealthGrades for the past eight years. Englewood received a 5 Star rating in Maternity Care for the eighth consecutive year and has also been a recipient of the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award for six consecutive years, every year since HealthGrades began recognizing Maternity Care Excellence designees.  

Each month, nearly 200 mothers deliver their babies at Englewood Hospital.

“Objective data shows that hospitals can vary in terms of complication rates and neonatal mortality rates,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and co-author of the study. “The hospitals in the top 10% in the nation for maternity care should be proud not only of the outstanding care they deliver, but also for the quality benchmarks they are setting for other hospitals to follow.”

The study, which ranked hospitals as well as tracked trends in maternity care, found that top-rated hospitals had fewer complications than low-rated hospitals. Mothers at top-rated hospitals had, on average, 51% fewer complications for vaginal deliveries and 74% fewer complications for C-sections compared with poorly rated hospitals.

The study was conducted independently by HealthGrades and included all hospitals in the 19 states that provide data for analysis. The records of more than 1,500 hospitals were examined.

Expectant parents can turn to Englewood Hospital’s Antepartum Testing Center for comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team composed of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, registered perinatal sonographers and certified genetic counselors. The Center is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. In addition, the expert team of maternity care professionals at the Medical Center can provide parents with the information, guidance and skills needed for a successful transition into parenthood.

For this analysis by HealthGrades, hospitals were evaluated 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

Newborn mortality rate stratified into eight birth weight categories

The full HealthGrades Maternity Care study, along with its methodology, can be downloaded at www.healthgrades.com.


 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.