Cypress Fairbanks Hospital Medical Center announced today that it has received the 2009/2010 Maternity Care Excellence Award™ from HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. As a recipient of this award, Cypress Fairbanks is recognized among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for maternity care services and a recipient of a 5-star rating for 2009/2010. This is the sixth consecutive year for the hospital in northwest Houston to receive the 5-star rating.
“High quality maternity care is an important focus at our hospital,” explains Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “From our Level III neonatal services and experienced medical staff and to our skilled nursing team and quality care measures, we strive to improve patient care for our community every day.”
The Sixth Annual HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals study found that wide gaps continue to persist in quality outcomes for maternity care. “For many women, having a baby is their first experience with hospitalization, and as this study shows, it really matters which hospital is chosen,” said Dr. Rick May, a senior physician consultant with HealthGrades and a study co-author. “But now women have a way of identifying hospitals with outstanding track records in terms of the outcomes of other new mothers. That’s a powerful tool for all women as they plan for their birth.”
In 2008, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital expanded its maternity care services to incorporate a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The hospital is equipped to handle difficult neonatal emergencies and is supported onsite by neonatal specialists including neonatologists and specially-trained neonatal nurses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The NICU features 15 special care (Level III) nursery beds, including two isolation rooms and one private room, and 10 continuing care nursery beds, with two private rooms. The unit is a controlled access department designed to ensure the safety and privacy of newborn patients and their families.
HealthGrades analyzed approximately 13 million hospital delivery and neonate records from 2005 through 2007 in more than 1,500 hospitals for this study. The study found that higher performing hospitals had 52% fewer maternal complications among women who had vaginal births at their facility compared to lower performing hospitals. In addition, among women who had either C-sections or patient-choice C-sections at these top performing hospitals, they experienced 76% and 84% fewer complications respectively. The full study can be found at www.healthgrades.com.
Learn more about the award-winning maternity care at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital by visiting www.CyFairHospital.com/Maternity or calling 1-800-681-2733. A virtual tour of the hospital’s Women’s Center is available online in addition to pregnancy education articles and interactive tools.