Toms River, NJ (June 30, 2009) – Community
Medical Center announced today that it has received the highest
Five-Star rating in Maternity Care from HealthGrades, the nation’s
leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Community
Medical Center is the only hospital in Ocean County to receive
this rating for the fourth year in a row.
HealthGrades analyzed approximately 13 million hospital delivery
and neonate records from 2005 through 2007 in more than 1,500 hospitals
located in 19 all-payer states. Community was one of only 218 hospitals
nationwide ranked with five stars – the highest possible – for
Mark D. Pilla, executive vice president of Operations for the
Saint Barnabas Health Care System and executive director of Community
Medical Center, said, “We are proud and honored to have our
efforts recognized by HealthGrades. The entire OB/GYN department
strives for excellence on a daily basis. Our successes are made
possible, in large part, because of our team approach, which integrates
our professional and supportive nursing staff with our dedicated
Wide gaps in quality outcomes for maternity care persist, according
to a new study released today by HealthGrades. The Sixth Annual
HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals study
analyzes patient outcomes for maternity care and inhospital treatment
of 16 other procedures/diagnoses concerning women’s health.
Study findings include the following:
- The difference in quality of care between maternity programs
is substantial for both vaginal and C-section deliveries: the
best-performing hospitals had 52% fewer maternal complications
among women who had vaginal births compared to poor-performing
hospitals and 76% fewer complications among women who had C-sections.
Patient-choice C-sections had the largest difference at 84% between
best- and poor-performing hospitals.
- If all hospitals, among the 19 states studied, performed at
the level of the best-performing hospitals from 2005 through
2007, 182,129 women may have avoided developing one or
more inhospital major obstetrics complications.
- Best-performing hospitals had a 56% lower weight-stratified
neonatal mortality compared to poor-performing hospitals.
- C-section rates average approximately 32% among the 19 states
“Choosing the hospital where you will have your baby is
a major decision in a woman’s life,” said Dr. Rick
May, senior physician consultant with HealthGrades and a study
co-author. “This study highlights the differences in quality
between hospitals and gives women information to make an informed
choice about where they will have their baby.”
The full study can be found at www.healthgrades.com.
The First Moments Maternity Services Unit at Community Medical
Center, specializes in a total concept of care for mother and baby,
where advanced technology and training are enhanced by human touch
dedicated health care professionals.
The unit’s Labor-Delivery-Recovery (LDR) rooms combine the
latest technology with a soothing home-like décor, each
complete with its own shower. Community’s maternity services
also includes a Special Care Nursery staffed by a neonatologist
and certified neonatal nurses to care for babies with special needs,
and a fully-equipped Operating Suite for Cesarean births or high-risk
After delivery, new moms have an opportunity to rest and recuperate,
under the expert care and guidance of our experienced team of obstetrical
nurses who share their knowledge and expertise on parenting, infant
care, breastfeeding and the transition from hospital to home.
For more information on Community Medical Center’s maternity
services, call (732) 557-8034 or visit www.barnabashealth.org.
For referral to one of our obstetricians or pediatricians, call
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