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Saint Agnes Medical Center’s Maternity Care Ranked Among Top 5% in Nation
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HealthGrades Study Examined Maternal Complication and Neonatal Mortality Rates

FRESNO, CA (June 30, 2010) - According to an independent study issued today by HealthGrades, Saint Agnes Medical Center ranks among the top 5% in the nation for maternity care. Using objective patient-outcome data collected from state governments, the independent ratings organization ranked hospitals based on their maternal complication rates for vaginal and C-section deliveries as well as neonatal mortality rates.

Saint Agnes is the only Fresno hospital ranked in the nation's top 5%, as well as the only Fresno hospital to receive the 2010/2011 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence AwardTM.

"We are very proud of these distinctions," says Thomas Anderson, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Agnes Medical Center. "They demonstrate the shared commitment of our staff and physicians to provide Valley moms and their babies with the first-rate health care they deserve."

Saint Agnes has demonstrated a longstanding history of clinical excellence in maternity care. This is the 4th consecutive year that the Medical Center is a recipient of the Maternity Care Excellence Award, the 6th consecutive year achieving a 5-star rating in Maternity Care and the 3rd year in a row being ranked among the top 5 % in the nation. Earlier this year Saint Agnes was also recognized as the only 5-Star rated hospital for the treatment of Heart Attack in the Fresno area.

"Objective data shows that hospitals can vary in terms of complication rates and neonatal mortality rates," said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and co-author of the study. "The hospitals in the top 10% in the nation for maternity care should be proud not only of the outstanding care they deliver, but also for the quality benchmarks they are setting for other hospitals to follow."

The study, which ranked hospitals as well as tracked trends in maternity care, found that top-rated hospitals had fewer complications than low-rated hospitals. Mothers at top-rated hospitals had, on average, 51% fewer complications for vaginal deliveries and 74% fewer complications for C-sections compared with poorly rated hospitals.

The study was conducted independently by HealthGrades and included all hospitals in the 19 states that provide data for analysis. The records of more than 1,500 hospitals were examined.

For this analysis by HealthGrades, hospitals were evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing single live-born vaginal or C-section deliveries
  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing "patient-choice" or non-clinically indicated C-sections
  • Newborn volume adjusted for low birth weight
  • Newborn mortality rate stratified into eight birth weight categories

The full HealthGrades Maternity Care study, along with its methodology, can be downloaded at

About Saint Agnes

Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, circa 1929, Saint Agnes Medical Center has built its 80-year healing legacy on caring for Central California residents with the highest level of compassion and quality. The 436-bed acute care hospital is well respected for its clinical and service excellence and has been selected by consumers as the region's Consumer Choice Award Winner for 14 consecutive years. From emergency, diagnostic, surgical and obstetric services to state-of-the-art cardiac, cancer, and orthopaedic care, Saint Agnes combines the most advanced equipment and technology with the expertise of top-ranked physicians and staff to meet the Valley's growing and diverse healthcare needs. Saint Agnes is a member of Trinity Health, the fourth largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States.



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