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Healthgrades Announces Recipients of 2018 Women's Care Awards

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New report identifies top-quality hospitals for maternal care and
provides guidance to make confident care decisions

Healthgrades,
the leading online resource for comprehensive information about
physicians and hospitals, today announced the 2018 Women's Care Award
recipients. The 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™, the 2018
Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ and the 2018 Obstetrics and
Gynecology Excellence Award™ recognize exceptional hospitals across the
country that have demonstrated superior outcomes in women's healthcare
services.

In conjunction with the release of the 2018 Women's Care Awards,
Healthgrades also published a related report
that discusses three key factors that affect a woman's care journey,
including how women make decisions about care, how hospitals can inform
and empower women in their care journey and how health systems can
achieve the best outcomes and optimal patient experience.

"Since the woman's care journey encompasses many years and consequential
experiences, it's critical that patients feel empowered to make
decisions and know the facts before making a physician and hospital
selection," said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades.
"By researching hospital quality on Healthgrades.com, patients can
review important outcomes data and access transparent information to
guide their care decisions."

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance,
Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for all patients (all-payer
data) made available in 15 states and the District of Columbia from 2014
through 2016.** The data were used to identify the
highest performing hospitals in women's health, and it revealed
variations in quality between hospitals that received the Healthgrades
awards and those that didn't.

Healthgrades 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award

This award recognizes the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated that
provided outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery, including
hysterectomy and surgery related to the female reproductive system.
Healthgrades evaluated 676 eligible hospitals across 15 states and the
District of Columbia and awarded 68 hospitals the 2018 Gynecologic
Surgery Excellence Award. The evaluation found that:

From 2014 through 2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving the 2018
Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award had, on average, a 46.3 percent
lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if
they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

From 2014 through 2016, if all hospitals in the analysis performed
similarly to those receiving the 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence
Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 12,637
patients.*

Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award

This distinction recognizes the top 10 percent of all hospitals
evaluated for the exceptional care provided to mothers during labor and
delivery. Healthgrades evaluated 1,043 eligible hospitals across 15
states and the District of Columbia and awarded 106 hospitals the 2018
Labor and Delivery Excellence Award. The evaluation found that:

From 2014 through 2016, if all hospitals included in the evaluation
performed similarly to those that received the 2018 Labor and Delivery
Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for
101,543 patients.*

From 2014 through 2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving the 2018
Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 36.8 percent
lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if
they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

Healthgrades 2018 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award

This award highlights hospitals for exceptional clinical outcomes while
caring for women in childbirth, as well as during and after gynecologic
surgeries and procedures. Healthgrades evaluated 614 eligible hospitals
across 15 states and the District of Columbia and awarded 62 hospitals
the 2018 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award. The evaluation
found that:

From 2014 through 2016, if all hospitals in the evaluation performed
similarly to those that received the 2018 Obstetrics and Gynecology
Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for
116,145 patients.*

Additionally, from 2014 through 2016, patients treated in hospitals
receiving the 2018 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award had, on
average, a 32.8 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while
in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not
receive the award.*

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About Healthgrades

Healthgrades is dedicated to empowering stronger and more meaningful
connections between patients and their healthcare providers. At www.healthgrades.com,
we help millions of consumers a month to find and schedule appointments
with their provider of choice. With our scheduling solutions and
advanced analytics applications, we help more than 500 hospitals across
the country to cultivate new patient relationships, improve patient
access, and build customer loyalty. At Healthgrades, better health gets
a head start.

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**Availability of state data is subject to yearly changes due to data
release timeframes and adoption of new regulations and laws.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of all-payer data for
years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for patients
in 15 states and the District of Columbia for which all-payer data was
made available.

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