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July 21, 2011


Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, a member of Catholic Health, has been ranked among the top 15% of hospitals in the country for maternity care and gynecological surgery, according to a report released Tuesday by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcome.

HealthGrades named Mercy Hospital a recipient of two 5-Star Quality Awards—the highest category of quality achieved under the HealthGrades rating system—for Maternity Care and the other for Gynecologic Surgery.

According to the report, Mercy Hospital is one of only 30 hospitals in the nation to receive a 5-star rating in both categories.

The HealthGrades research findings, which studied hospital data from 19 states, indicated that women who deliver or undergo gynecologic surgery at top-rated hospitals like Mercy have about one-third fewer complications.

Designation is a Reflection of Mercy Hospital's High Quality Care

Aimee Gomlak, vice president of Catholic Health’s Women’s Service Line“Mercy Hospital’s 5-star HealthGrades rating is a reflection of the excellent care provided by our physicians, midwives and staff, and it further demonstrates our commitment to deliver the highest quality maternity care and gynecological services to women in our community,” said Aimee Gomlak, vice president of Catholic Health’s Women’s Service Line.

“At Catholic Health, we not only offer a wide variety of women’s services and a full continuum of care, we continue to invest in the latest medical technology and facility upgrades to ensure a safe and comfortable care experience for our patients.”

The Family BirthPlace at Mercy Hospital features all private rooms for a comfortable and family-centered birth experience, along with a full-term nursery and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies with special needs.

In addition, the hospital operates a specialized Perinatal Testing Unit to monitor high-risk deliveries.

The hospital is also an area leader in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, becoming the first hospital in Western New York to offer advanced, robotic-assisted hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures for non-cancerous conditions using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.

.J. Urlaub, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital of BuffaloC.J. Urlaub, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, credits the entire staff for this achievement. “We are very proud of our team of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals whose hard work and dedication to excellence in patient care have allowed us to earn this prestigious quality rating,” he said.

“This national award is also good news for the Buffalo community. Having one of the most highly-rated maternity care and gynecological surgery programs in the country right here at Mercy Hospital gives our patients peace of mind that the care they receive here is among the best available anywhere.”

Patients at 5-Star Rated Hospitals Have Fewer Complications

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

  • In the 19 states studied, 7% of women undergoing single live birth deliveries experienced an in-hospital 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.
  • In the 19 states studied, 9% percent of women undergoing gynecologic surgery experienced an in-hospital complication. If all hospitals performed at the level of the best hospitals, 35% of these complications (30,675) could have been potentially prevented.
  • While hysterectomies are the most common gynecological procedure performed in hospitals, comprising 79% of all the inpatient gynecologic surgeries, the number has decreased substantially. Since 2002, the number of hysterectomies performed in hospitals has declined by 31%.

“Women today have a wide array options when it comes to reproductive health and choosing a healthcare provider who aligns with their personal preferences,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA and HealthGrades Senior Physician Consultant. “Female patients 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.”