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Study Finds Women’s Care at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in the Top 5% for Second Consecutive Year

Hospital Receives HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award

RICHMOND, Va. (April 21, 2010) – Women’s care at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center is among the top 5% in the nation, according to an independent study of patient outcomes released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The study evaluated 16 women’s medicine, cardiovascular, and bone and joint health treatments and procedures over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008 using data from the federal Medicare program. This is the second year that Memorial Regional Medical Center has achieved this distinction.

Bon Secours is only one of 10 nonprofits in the country to receive this honor and was ranked at No. 5. NAFE will honor the Top Companies at a luncheon in New York on March 25. That morning, senior women executives from the NAFE Top Companies will meet at the closed-door NAFE roundtable to discuss critical business issues, including how to ensure an increase in women-run operations. Toni R. Ardabell, Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, has been invited to participate in the roundtable event. She is one of Bon Secours newest executives, joining the health system in March 2009.

“The HealthGrades ranking is in large part attributed to our most important mission, the health, well being and safety of our patients," said Mary Anne Graf, vice president, Women's & Children's Services, Bon Secours Health System. "Memorial Regional offers a full range of health care services to women of all ages; from eating right and working out to avoiding heart disease and managing menopause, women find the complete health resources they need. This recognition demonstrates an intensive effort across the board at Memorial Regional, of which we are very proud."

Of the 5,000 hospitals that met minimum volume thresholds and other criteria, Memorial Regional Medical Center and 165 other hospitals were identified as top performers, receiving the 2010/2011 HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award.

Participation in the study was not voluntary; all 5,000 of the nation’s nonfederal hospitals were evaluated by HealthGrades as part of the HealthGrades Seventh Annual Women’s Health in American Hospitals Study.

Memorial Regional Medical Center and other recipients of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award had, on average, women’s mortality rates that were 41% lower than the poorest performers. Award recipients had, on average, complication rates that were 19% lower than the poorest performers.

“There is clearly a wide disparity in the quality of care for women among top-performing hospitals and all others,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and one of the study’s authors. “The goal of this analysis is to not only put sound data in the hands of prospective patients, but also to identify top-performing hospitals who are setting national benchmarks for the treatment of women to which other hospitals can aspire.”

Hospitals receiving the HealthGrades award – those that are top 5% in the nation -- improved their mortality rates among women by 15% over the three years studied. On average, all other hospitals improved by 12%.

If all of the nation’s hospitals had patient outcomes among women that at the level of those receiving the HealthGrades award, 16,863 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 4,735 women could have potentially avoided a major inhospital complication.

The HealthGrades study examined nearly 7 million hospitalization records from the federal Medicare database in all 50 states, cover the years 2006 through 2008. The following procedures and treatments were analyzed: heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery, and valve replacement; total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and hip fracture repair.

To be eligible for the HealthGrades Award, hospitals must have met volume requirements in stroke and either coronary bypass or valve replacements; met the volume requirements in at least six additional cohorts of the 16 evaluated; and have transferred out less than 10% of stroke patients. Volume requirements are a minimum of 30 female discharges over the three years, with at least five in the most recent year for the cohort.

The HealthGrades Seventh Annual Women’s Health in American Hospitals Study, including the methodology, can be found at http://www.healthgrades.com.

About Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center
Memorial Regional Medical Center is a 225-bed-acute-care hospital offering a full array of services. It is one of the four Bon Secours hospitals in Richmond. The other three are St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Also part of Bon Secours Richmond is Bon Secours Medical Group, comprising more than 38 physician practices as well as home health care and assisted living facilities.

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