CUMBERLAND — Western Maryland Regional Medical Center announced that it is a five-star recipient for vaginal delivery as recognized by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
The rating indicates that the hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected for vaginal delivery.
“We are very proud to be recognized with this five-star rating by Healthgrades,” said Barry Ronan, Western Maryland Health System president and CEO. “When WMHS is recognized for its quality standards and excellence in care, it is yet another confirmation of our commitment to serve our patients with the highest quality care.”
To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 15 states for 2015 through 2017. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received five stars and those that have not.
Patients having a vaginal delivery in hospitals rated five stars have, on average, a 43.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated one star.
“Healthgrades recognizes hospitals for providing exceptional care in a variety of cohorts for women’s health, and those that achieve a five-star rating are focused on delivering high quality care,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “As health care trends continue to improve and evolve, patients who select a hospital that is a five-star recipient can feel confident in their decision when it comes to women’s care.”