Victor Valley Community Hospital Earns HealthGrades® 2012 Maternity Care Excellence AwardTM, Gynecological Surgery Excellence and Treatment of Heart Attack Award

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)– – Victor Valley Community Hospital (“VVCH”) announced recently that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as a national leader in Gynecologic Surgery and Maternity Care, ranking in the Top 5% of hospitals in the nation for gynecological surgery and Top 10% in Maternity Care. VVCH is the only hospital in San Bernardino County to have received both the HealthGrades Gynecologic Surgery and Maternity Care Excellence Awards, placing the hospital in an elite group of hospitals nationally recognized in both Gynecologic Surgery and Maternity Care. Only 37 hospitals in the nation, and just nine in California, received both of these awards. Healthgrades also recognized the Heart Attack program at Victor Valley with a 5-Star designation, placing the program in the top 15% of Heart Attack programs in the nation.

At a five-star hospital, women have a 62 percent lower chance of experiencing complications during childbirth. And, women who have a gynecologic procedure at a five-star hospital have a 56 percent lower chance of experiencing complications.

“We are very proud to have received the award. To be recognized for our commitment to maternity care, gynecological surgery, cardiac care, and our community is exciting. We place quality patient care as the core value of everything we do,” remarks Daniel Villarosa, M.D., Chief of Staff for VVCH.

“This is excellent timing as the hospital is beginning an exciting new year with new goals, focus and energy. It is an honor to be recognized as five star in maternity care, gynecological surgery, and treatment of heart attack. The High Desert residents can feel secure in the level of care that our skilled healthcare professionals provide. The hospital is thrilled to receive such a mark of distinction among maternity care providers. I would like to congratulate the physicians, and the staff of Victor Valley Community Hospital as this is a team achievement,” says Suzanne Richards, RN, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of VVCH.

The four criteria measured were weighted using predetermined weights based on consensus from a physician panel. Each factor’s percentile score was multiplied by its weight and then summed to create an overall score. Based upon each hospital’s overall score, HealthGrades applied the following rating system:

Five-star (Best) = Top 15% of all hospitals within 19 states

Three-star (Average) = Middle 70% of all hospitals within 19 states

One-star (Poor) = Bottom 15% of all hospitals within 19 states

The 2012 HealthGrades programmatic ratings for Maternity Care ratings are based on the analysis of four factors:

  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing single live born vaginal deliveries
  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing single live born C-section deliveries
  • Newborn volume adjusted for low birth weight
  • Newborn mortality risk-adjusted using eight birth weight categories and congenital risk factors developed by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research

The complete maternity care ratings are published, free of charge, on the HealthGrades Web site, Ratings for 28 other medical procedures and diagnoses – including cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, stroke, orthopedics, critical care, bariatrics and gastrointestinal services are also available on the HealthGrades Web site. More than 200 million users visit the HealthGrades Web site each year.

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