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Miami Valley Hospital Earns Second HealthGrades Honor in Four Months

Women’s Health Care Top 5% in the Nation, Says Study

DAYTON, Ohio (April 21, 2010) – An independent study of women’s care at nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country found Miami Valley Hospital to be in the top 5% in the nation, the hospital announced today.

Released by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, the HealthGrades Seventh Annual Women’s Health in American Hospitals study analyzed nearly seven million hospitalization records to identify top-performing hospitals.

In February, Miami Valley Hospital was honored for the fourth consecutive year with the Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence Award by HealthGrades.

“This study affirms that women in our community can depend on Miami Valley Hospital for outstanding medical and surgical care – from heart procedures to joint replacement to treatment of pneumonia,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO. “This recognition validates Miami Valley’s outstanding quality care provided to women and commitment by our physicians and staff.”

MVH is one of only 166 hospitals in the nation with patient outcomes for women that are in the top 5%, according to the study. As a result, MVH received the 2010/2011 HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award™.  This is the second consecutive year in which MVH has received this honor.

As a group, hospitals receiving this award had women’s risk-adjusted mortality rates that were 41% lower than the poorest performing hospitals in the study and complication rates that were 19% lower than the poorest performers. While all hospitals, on average, continued to improve their mortality rates among women, those receiving the award improved at a faster rate than all others over the three years studied, 15% compared with 12%.

As part of the study, MVH and virtually every other hospital in the country were evaluated for the following procedures and treatments among women aged 65 and over:

  • Women’s Medicine (heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and stroke);
  • Women’s Cardiovascular Procedures (coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery, and valve replacement); and
  • Women’s Bone & Joint Health (total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and hip fracture repair).

The HealthGrades study found that 16,863 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 4,735 women could have potentially avoided a major in-hospital complication if all hospitals performed at the benchmarks set by MVH and the other award recipients.

The complete study and full methodology are available for download online. Off Site Icon

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