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HealthGrades names Saint Agnes Medical Center Among Best in Nation in Maternity Care for the 5th Year in a Row
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11/07/2011
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2011

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HealthGrades names Saint Agnes Medical Center Among Best in Nation in Maternity Care for the 5th Year in a Row
Report finds top hospitals have 32% fewer maternal complications

Fresno, CA – A report recently released by HealthGrades named Saint Agnes Medical Center among the top 5% in the nation for maternity care. HealthGrades' report found that women who give birth at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 32% fewer complications.

Saint Agnes Medical Center has now been named a recipient of the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award™ for five consecutive years, ranked top 5% in the nation for maternity care for four consecutive years, and 5-Star rated for maternity care for seven years in a row.

"Women today have a wide array options when it comes to reproductive health and choosing a health care provider who aligns with their personal preferences," said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA and HealthGrades Senior Physician Consultant. "Mothers-to-be can optimize their chances for receiving the highest possible quality of care by researching and comparing the clinical outcomes of hospitals and doctors in their area."

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Obstetrics & Gynecology in American Hospitals report include:

In the 19 states studied, 7% of women undergoing single live born deliveries experience an inhospital complication. If all hospitals performed at the level of 5-Star rated hospitals in maternity care, 32% of these complications, (141,869), could have been potentially prevented.

About Saint Agnes Medical Center

Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, circa 1929, Saint Agnes Medical Center has built its 82-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 16 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.

About HealthGrades

HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades' online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 200 million consumers annually to make informed health care decisions.

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