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Saint Agnes Medical Center named one of Healthgrades 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award Recipients
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Kelley Sanchez
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Fresno, CA – Saint Agnes Medical Center has been named a recipient of the 2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

This is the seventh straight year Saint Agnes has earned this distinction. Saint Agnes is also the only hospital in Fresno to receive the 2013 Healthgrades award.

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in maternity care, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the 18 states that provide all-payer state data for years 2009 through 2011. Maternity Care ratings are based on the analysis and equal weighting of these factors:

  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing vaginal deliveries
  • Maternal complication rate among women undergoing C-sections
  • Number of newborn deliveries adjusted for low birth weight
  • Newborn risk-adjusted mortality

Variation in hospital performance can make a difference in clinical outcomes. The Healthgrades report highlights that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals had 55% fewer complications during a vaginal childbirth delivery and 77% fewer during a C-section delivery than those treated at 1-star rated hospitals.

“Hospital complication, birth rate and newborn mortality rates are important pieces of quality information that all women should be aware of when they are making their decision about how and where to deliver their baby,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Patients can rest assured that those hospitals recognized as a Healthgrades
2013 Maternity Care Excellence Award recipient have demonstrated an established commitment to maternal care.”

For additional details on the methodology for selecting the Maternity Care Excellence Award recipients, please see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2013: ‘Lean In’ When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome at

About Healthgrades
Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the leading online resource of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million visitors use the Healthgrades websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs.  Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action.  For more information please visit and

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