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Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Recognized with Excellence Award for Women’s Health

HealthGrades Study Found that 18,089 Women’s Lives Could Have Been Saved if all Hospitals Performed at Five-Star Level

RICHMOND, Va. (June 30, 2009) – Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center announced today that the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization ranked it among the top 5% in the nation for Women’s Health quality outcomes, recognized by the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award™.

The Sixth Annual HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals study released today by HealthGrades analyzed patient outcomes for the in hospital treatment of 16 procedures/diagnoses concerning women’s health and maternity care. 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 at the level of the best-performing hospitals in women’s health, 18,089 women’s lives could have potentially been saved and 6,849 complications could have been avoided during the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. Eighty-two percent (14,930) of the potentially preventable deaths were associated with the treatment of just four diagnoses: pneumonia, stroke, heart failure, and heart attack.

“Memorial Regional Medical Center has a legacy of providing superior women’s health care in the Richmond community,” said Michael Robinson, CEO, Memorial Regional Medical Center. “Our patients are our first priority, and the HealthGrades 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award™ demonstrates our dedication to clinical excellence. When it comes to choosing hospitals, we encourage any woman to research and choose carefully. HealthGrades can help her do just that.”

Hospitals that receive this award rank among the top 5% of all hospitals nationwide when it comes to providing care to women in three areas: 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 aortic aneurysm, 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 way in which women present symptoms differ from men in acute situations, such as heart attack,” said Dr. Rick May, senior physician consultant with HealthGrades and a study co-author. “Treatment for women can also differ and the quality can certainly vary between hospitals, so it is important for women to know which hospitals are recognized among the top five percent in the nation.”

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 study, along with HealthGrades’ individual hospital ratings, can be viewed for free at

About Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center
Memorial Regional Medical Center is a 225-bed-acute-care hospital offering a full array of services. It is one of the four Bon Secours hospitals in Richmond. The other three are St. Mary’s Hospital, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Also part of Bon Secours Richmond is Bon Secours Medical Group, comprising more than 38 physician practices as well as home health care and assisted living facilities.

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