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Miami Valley Hospital Among Top Five Percent in Nation for Women’s Health

HealthGrades Report: Women’s Mortality Risk Forty Percent Lower at Top-Performing Hospitals

(DAYTON, OH) May 3, 2011 – A study released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Miami Valley among the top five percent in the nation for women’s health.

Earlier this year, Miami Valley Hospital was named a HealthGrades’ Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence for the fifth consecutive year. This prestigious distinction places Miami Valley Hospital among the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance.  Miami Valley was also ranked number one in Ohio for cardiac surgery by HealthGrades and was among the top five percent in the nation for cardiac services, cardiac surgery, pulmonary and critical care.

The Women’s Health study findings are based on an analysis of more than five  million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009 and focused on 16 procedures and diagnoses. HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals report identified the top-performing hospitals in the nation for women’s health and compared women’s health outcomes to those of men in two primary areas: cardiac care and bone and joint health. Significant differences in women’s treatment and outcomes were found.

“It’s quite an honor to be named among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for women’s health,” says Bobbie Gerhart, MVH president and CEO. “This study affirms that women in the Dayton region can depend on Miami Valley Hospital for outstanding medical and surgical care.” Gerhart adds, “I am extremely proud of our staff and physicians for their continuous commitment to providing excellent care to all our patients and helping to make us the region’s leader in healthcare.”

Other key findings of the HealthGrades report include:

  • An additional 41,025 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 8,558 could have avoided a major complication if all hospitals had performed at the level of HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals.
  • For treatment of heart attack in 2009, only one-third of women received a cardiac surgical intervention compared to almost half of men (33.5% and 45.6%, respectively).
  • Among heart attack patients receiving a cardiac intervention, such as coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty, women had a 30% higher death rate.
  • The majority of hip fracture repair patients (74%) are women.