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SJMO Wins Women's Health Excellence Award
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Receives 2012 Women’s Health Excellence Award

Pontiac Hospital Among Top 5 Percent in U.S. for Excellence  in Women’s Health

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has received its seventh HealthGrades Quality Award—the Women’s Health Excellence Award™, with a five-star rating in women’s health.  Earlier this year, SJMO also won the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence ™, the Cardiac Care Excellence Award ™, Coronary Intervention Excellence Award ™, Joint Replacement Excellence Award™, Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award ™ and the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™.

The Women’s Health Excellence Award is presented to hospitals based on clinical quality outcomes in 16 conditions affecting women, including stroke, heart attack and joint replacement.

“Receiving this recognition from HealthGrades for our women’s health program is another testament to the quality of care we provide and our commitment to patient safety,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO. “Women seeking quality, compassionate health care know they can come to St. Joe’s where they will have the optimal patient care experience.”

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HealthGrades identified five-star-rated hospitals, based on its 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals study.  Procedures and treatments analyzed in the study were:  heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery and valve replacement; total knee and hip replacement, spinal surgery and hip facture repair.  In maternity care and gynecologic surgery, the best-performing hospitals were designated with five stars.

Among the study’s findings were:

  • The national C-section rate has leveled off after eight years of steady increase.
  • While the rate of surgical intervention for both male and female cardiac patient has risen in recent years, only 39.5 percent of women received surgical treatment compared to 54 percent of men in 2010.
  • Among those patients, the mortality rate was 28 percent higher among women.
  • Women were admitted to the hospital for hip fractures at about twice the rate of men from 2008 to 2010.
  • Hysterectomies continued to decrease in frequency between 2008 and 2010.  According to HealthGrades, the decrease may be due to economic factors driving patients’ decision to delay this generally elective procedure.

SJMO was among 176 U.S. hospitals to receive the Women’s Health Excellence Award.


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