CFMCH Ranked Top 10% in Nation for Maternity Care by HealthGrades 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Tuesday, 24 June 2008 

Women Who Give Birth at Top-Performing Hospitals Have 51 Percent Fewer Complications on Average, Study Finds

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital announced today that it is the only hospital in Northwest Houston to be recognized with a five-star rating for clinical excellence in maternity care for the fifth consecutive year, based on a study issued by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings company. In the HealthGrades Fifth Annual Report on Women’s Health Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals, Cypress Fairbanks also ranks among the top ten percent in the nation for maternity care services, which includes vaginal and cesarean section births and neonatal mortality. 

“I’m proud of the efforts of our employees and medical staff in achieving a higher standard of patient care,” says Lisa Cox, Women’s Health Center Director at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We will continue to enhance the quality of our maternity care program to improve patient outcomes.”

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is in the midst of expanding its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to meet the growing health care needs of the community. The new NICU, scheduled to open around September 2008, will enhance Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s quality maternity care offerings by allowing the hospital to provide advanced health care tailored to the specific needs of neonatal patients and to handle difficult neonatal emergencies. 

“The expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is an important step in improving access to convenient, quality care for the families of Cy-Fair,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “The NICU is one of many new services developed by Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital to allow the community to stay close to home for quality health care.”

In the HealthGrades study, more than 12.5 million hospital delivery and neonate records were analyzed from 2004 through 2006 in over 1,400 hospitals and found:

  • The best-performing hospitals, those with five-star ratings, had almost 51 percent fewer maternal complications among women who had vaginal births compared to poor-performing hospitals.
  • The best-performing hospitals had almost 76 percent fewer maternal complications among women who had C-sections compared to poor-performing hospitals.  

If all hospitals performed at the level of the best-performing hospitals from 2004 through 2006 across the 17 states studied, 188,673 women may have avoided developing one or more in-hospital major maternal obstetrics complications associated with vaginal or C-section delivery.

“Each year, HealthGrades conducts large annual studies of hospital quality in America,” explained Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ Chief Medical Officer.  “The fact is, a close analysis of the data shows that the quality of maternity care varies widely from hospital to hospital, so it’s important for individuals to have this vital information as they evaluate hospitals.”

For its 2008/2009 ratings, HealthGrades independently analyzed the quality of maternity care at hospitals in the 17 states that publish outcomes data, objectively assessing their clinical performance and quality.  HealthGrades applied the following rating system to all hospitals included in the analysis:

  • Five-star (Best) = Top 15% of all hospitals within 17 states
  • Three-star (Average) = Middle 70% of all hospitals within 17 states
  • One-star (Poor) = Bottom 15% of all hospitals within 17 states

The complete maternity care and women’s health services ratings are published, free of charge, on HealthGrades Web site, Ratings for 27 other medical procedures and diagnoses – including cardiac, pulmonary, vascular, stroke, orthopedics, critical care, bariatrics, and gastrointestinal services – are also available on the HealthGrades Web site.

To learn more about the maternity care services and neonatal care at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, visit or call 1-800-681-2733.