PATERSON, NJ (June 19, 2012) – A report released today by Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, named St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center among the top 5% in the nation (2011-2012) to be 5-Star rated and the recipient of both the Maternity Care Excellence Award and the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award. In addition, St. Joseph's is one of only 3 hospitals in New Jersey to be 5-Star rated and the recipient of the Maternity Care Excellence Award, placing it in the top 10% nationally.
Healthgrades found that women who give birth at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 62 percent fewer complications than lower-performing hospitals and those who undergo gynecologic surgery at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 56 percent fewer complications than lower-performing hospitals. St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, recipient of these designations, is committed to providing the women of northern New Jersey and southern New York and their babies with the highest possible quality care.
"It is an honor to receive recognition for excellence in Maternity Care and Gynecologic Surgery from Healthgrades. Patient safety and quality care are top priorities at St. Joseph's where we are truly dedicated to our 'patients first' approach to healthcare service excellence. These awards reflect the high level of expertise, advanced technology, and compassionate care we provide each day," stated William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph's Healthcare System.
"This year marks the second year in a row that St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center has been rated as a 5-Star and Specialty Excellence Award recipient for Gynecologic Surgery and the first year that the Regional Medical Center is the recipient of the Maternity Care Excellence Award following many years as the recipient of the 5-Star rating in Maternity Care," added Mr. McDonald.
"As women become more likely to seek medical attention based on public reporting outcomes, this level of detail in reduction of complications will be most important," said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA, Healthgrades senior physician consultant and the study's author. "Which hospital an expectant mom chooses to have a baby can result in lifelong consequences for both her and her baby. Our goal is not only to arm female patients with up-to-date statistics on clinical outcomes as they research and select healthcare providers, but also to name the hospitals that are setting the national standards for both maternity and gynecologic surgery.