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Miami Valley Hospital Among Top 5% of Nation’s Hospitals for Women’s Health

DAYTON, OHIO—(July 1, 2009) — Miami Valley Hospital has received the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization, based on a newly released study of patient outcomes.

Hospitals receiving the Specialty Excellence Award for women’s health rank among the top 5 percent of all hospitals nationwide when it comes to providing care to women in three key areas: women’s medicine; women’s cardiovascular procedures; and women’s bone and joint health.

“We are pleased to receive the Women’s Health Excellence Award from HealthGrades. This award is based on real patient experiences and authentic care and is a testament to the quality of care our staff and physician partners deliver,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital.

The sixth annual HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals study analyzed patient outcomes for the in-hospital treatment of 16 procedures/diagnoses concerning women’s health. The study found that wide gaps persist between the quality of care at best-and-worst-performing hospitals.

 If all hospitals in the study performed like Miami Valley Hospital at the level of the best-performing hospitals in women’s health, 18,089 lives could have potentially been saved and 6,849 complications during the years of 2005, 2006 and 2007 according to the study.

Eighty-two percent (14,930) of the potentially preventable deaths were associated with the treatment of four diagnoses including pneumonia, stroke, heart failure and heart attack.

In the study HealthGrades analyzed more than 2.6 million hospitalizations using Medicare data from all 50 states from 2005 through 2007. To be included in the analysis, hospitals had to have an open heart program and treat significant numbers of women for stroke. Hospitals also had to have a significant patient population in at least six additional cohorts from all areas (pulmonary, cardiac, vascular, orthopedics and spine).

The full HealthGrades study can be found at www.healthgrades.comOff Site Icon.