St. Lucie Medical Center July 31, 2018

Healthgrades names St. Lucie medical center a five-star recipient in Labor and Delivery and Gynecologic Surgery; Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for 2 Years in a Row (2017-2018) and Five-Star Recipient for Gynecologic Procedures for 4 Years in a Row (2015-2018)

St. Lucie Medical Center today announced that it has received the 2018 Five-Star Ratings from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of new findings and data released on July 31, 2018 by Healthgrades and featured in the Healthgrades 2018 Special Report.

The new report demonstrates empowering women to own their healthcare journey. For example, from 2014-2016, patients having a Vaginal Delivery in hospitals with 5-star ratings have, on average, 42.7% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with a 1-star” and “From 2014-2016, patients having a Vaginal Delivery in hospitals receiving 1 star are, on average, 1.7 times more likely to experience one or more complications than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars”.

“Additionally, from 2-14-2016, patients having Gynecologic Procedures in hospitals with 5-stars have, on average, 61.2% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with a 1-star. Similarly, patients having a Gynecologic Procedure in hospitals receiving a 1-star are, on average, 2.6 times more likely to experience one or more complications than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars”.

“We are proud of the validation this national award provides for our staff and physicians in recognition of their skill and dedication to safety and OB/GYN care”, said Jay Finnegan, Chief Executive Officer, St. Lucie Medical Center.

“In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes is fundamental,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Because consumers place such value on this information, hospitals that achieve five stars for procedures/conditions stand out in their marketplace”.

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.