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HealthGrades Names Winthrop-University Hospital Among Best in Nation in Maternity Care and Gynecological Surgery - Archived
July 20, 2011

A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, named Winthrop-University Hospital a recipient of both the 2011 HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award and the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award. HealthGrades' report found that women who undergo gynecological surgery at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 35% fewer complications. Winthrop-University Hospital is committed to providing the women of Long Island with the highest possible quality care.

Winthrop-University Hospital is one of only 4 hospitals in New York and the only hospital in Nassau County to be ranked among the top 10% in the nation for both maternity care and gynecological surgery. Further underscoring its outstanding clinical outcomes in women’s health, Winthrop was recognized earlier this year by HealthGrades as a recipient of the 2011 Women’s Health Excellence Award and ranked among the top 5% in the nation for Women’s Health for the second year in a row. Winthrop University Hospital is the only hospital in New York State to simultaneously receive these three prestigious awards from HealthGrades in 2011, reflecting the unmatched standard of care that women receive at Winthrop.

“The gynecologic surgeons at Winthrop possess expertise in all aspects of medical and surgical gynecologic care. The scope of care includes procedures for treatment of common gynecologic conditions such as fibroids and endometriosis, as well as highly sophisticated treatments for infertility, loss of pelvic support and incontinence, and aggressive and comprehensive therapy of gynecologic cancers. We offer our patients non-invasive and minimally invasive approaches to surgery with the most advanced techniques, including robot-assisted procedures,” said Eva Chalas, MD, Director of Clinical Cancer Services, Vice-Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Winthrop. “In addition to skilled physicians, the multi-disciplinary team consists of knowledgeable and compassionate physician assistants, nurses and staff who help provide all of our patients with the best of care and safe and rapid transition between their home and the medical environment. The Hospital's long-standing efforts and investments have created a culture of safety and promoted clinical excellence. We are very proud of our gynecologic team's accomplishments and are deeply honored to receive such coveted national recognition.”

“Winthrop University Hospital has been providing superior maternity care to young mothers for over a century. Today we combine the same level of care with the most advanced maternal fetal capabilities such as high-risk pregnancy management, adverse pregnancy outcome evaluation service and laser fetal surgery,” said Anthony Vintzileos, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Residency Program at Winthrop. “In addition we are engaged in top notch research in maternal-fetal medicine in order to provide mothers and their babies an unmatched resource to ensure the best possible outcome as they bring new life into the world.”

Winthrop-University Hospital is unique in the region for ensuring quality health outcomes for women of all ages.  The hospital offers a comprehensive array of Women’s Health Services – ranging from a wide variety of screening programs and diagnostics to cutting-edge treatment programs for the full spectrum of conditions impacting women. The Women’s Cardiovascular Wellness and Prevention Center offers a comprehensive prevention, treatment and recovery ‘patient- centric’ program designed for those women with cardiovascular disease or at risk for such, and Winthrop’s Osteoporosis Diagnostic, Research and Treatment Center offers a full range of services provided by highly trained and experienced professionals. What’s more, the Hospital’s Obstetrics & Gynecology Program is known for its patient-centered philosophy and the 15,000-square-foot New Life Center houses 16 comfortably-appointed Labor/Delivery/Recovery suites for expectant mothers. In addition, Winthrop’s state-of-the-art Breast Imaging & Diagnostic Center combines the latest in breast imaging and diagnostic equipment with the expertise and compassion of a team of specialists to provide women with the best possible care, and Winthrop’s Breast Health Center recently received prestigious accreditation by the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

“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. “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.”

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. 
  • In the 19 states studied, 9% percent of women undergoing gynecologic surgery experienced an inhospital complication. If all hospitals performed at the level of the best hospitals, 35% of these complications (30,675) could have been potential 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 has declined 31%.
  • The highest rate of C-section was found in Florida, (38.6%) and New Jersey (38.0%). The lowest rate was found in Utah (22.4%).

About Winthrop-University Hospital

Founded in 1896 by a group of local physicians and concerned citizens, Long Island's first voluntary hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center and New York State-designated Regional Trauma Center which offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Winthrop-University Hospital is a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services.

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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