HealthGrades releases report on Gynecological and Obstetrics Care

HealthGrades has released a report on Obstetrics and Gynecology in American Hospitals, according to a press release.

The report examined data from three years from 19 states where hospital patient outcomes data are publically available. The best‐performing hospitals were designated as 5 stars, average‐performing
hospitals were designated as 3 stars, and poor‐performing hospitals were designated as 1 star. 

Key findings from the report:

  • 219 hospitals were rated with 5 stars for maternity care.
  • 461 hospitals were rated as 5 stars for gynecologic surgery.
  • 7% of women undergoing single live deliveries experienced an inhospital complication and 9% of women undergoing gynecologic surgery experienced an inhospital complication.
  • Of the 19 states studied, Florida had the highest rate of c-sections, at 38.64%
  • Utah had the lowest rate of c-sections, at 22.48%

A full list of hospitals receiving 5 stars in both gynecology and obstetrical care can be found at the end of the report.

(Sources: HealthGrades, http://www.healthgrades.com, July 2011; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, July 22, 2011)