By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– Victor Valley Global Medical Center (VVGMC) announced today that it has achieved both the 2013 Healthgrades Maternity Care and Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Awards. Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluates patient outcomes to assess and name top hospitals in OB and GYN care. These distinctions place VVGMC in an elite group of hospitals nationwide providing exceptional care to mothers (during and after childbirth) and to their newborn children.
“Placing in the top 5% in the nation is such an honor. The physicians and staff at our hospital deserve the recognition and accolades that come with being recognized for clinical excellence,” said Suzanne Richards, MBA, FACHE, VVGMC Chief Executive Officer, “This is great news as we re-introduce ourselves to the community as Victor Valley Global Medical Center and share our plans for the future. The one thing that has been here all along is the quality of care and the dedication to patients from physicians and staff. This is truly an honor to receive the designation two years in a row.”
To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in maternity care, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the 18 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2009 through 2011. Maternity Care ratings are based on the analysis and equal weighting of the following factors:
- Maternal complication rate among women undergoing vaginal deliveries
- Maternal complication rate among women undergoing C-sections
- Number of newborn deliveries adjusted for low birth weight
- Newborn risk-adjusted mortality
There is a wide variation in hospital performance; as noted in the Healthgrades report, patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals had 55% fewer complications during a vaginal childbirth delivery and 77% fewer during a C-section delivery than those treated at 1-star rated hospitals.
Gynecologic surgery includes surgery on the female reproductive system to treat benign tumors, cancer, infertility, incontinence, and various other conditions. Hysterectomy accounted for the majority (75.4%) of all procedures evaluated. To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in gynecologic surgery, Healthgrades again analyzed patient outcome data for all patients (all-payer data) provided by 18 individual states for years 2009 through 2011.
Developing the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery ratings involves four steps:
- First, the predicted complication value was obtained using a logistic regression mode.
- Second, the predicted value was compared with the observed number of complications.
- Third, a test was conducted to determine whether the difference between the predicted and actual values was statistically significant.
- Fourth, hospital performance was stratified into one of three performance categories.
Just as with Maternity Care, there is a significant variation in quality for gynecologic surgery. From 2009 through 2011, patients treated in hospitals receiving 5-stars for Gynecologic Surgery have, on average a 54.8% lower risk of experiencing complications than if treated in hospitals receiving 1-star. From 2009 through 2011, if all hospitals performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars in Gynecologic Surgery: 27,887 in-hospital complications avoided (women having these types of surgeries could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications).
“Hospital complication, birth rate and newborn mortality rates are important pieces of quality information that all women should be aware of when they are making their decision about how and where to deliver their baby,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Patients can rest assured that those hospitals recognized as a Healthgrades 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award recipient have demonstrated an established commitment to maternal care.”
For additional details on the methodology for selecting the Maternity Care and GYN Surgery Excellence Award recipients, please see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2013: ‘Lean In’ When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
About Victor Valley Global Medical Center
Victor Valley Community Hospital was founded in 1967 as a 101 acute care bed, non-profit facility. On October 16, 2012, VVCH was purchased by KPC Global and began an exciting journey. The hospital is committed to providing high quality, cost effective health care services to residents of the High Desert communities Governed by a Board of Directors comprised of area business professionals and physicians. VVGMC is fully accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and the California Medical Association (CMA).
As the hospital transitions to a new name, Victor Valley Global Medical Center, and a renewed vision of being the premiere healthcare facility in the High Desert, we look forward to our partnership with the community, the physicians, and other providers in ensuring our community remains strong and healthy.
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