Flagler Hospital Named Recipient of Healthgrades 2018
Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™
St. Augustine, FL - July 31, 2018 – Flagler Hospital announced today
that it has achieved Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™.
According to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive
information about physicians and hospitals, this distinction places Flagler
Hospital within the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for the
exceptional care of mothers during labor and delivery.
More than 1,600 babies were born at Flagler Hospital last year.
“Providing high quality, personalized women’s care within labor
and delivery is an important part of our role in St. Johns County and
we take it very seriously,” stated President & CEO Jason Barrett,
“This recognition by Healthgrades reflects our commitment to achieving
the best possible outcomes for mom and baby, while providing a family-focused
experience during this special time. We are proud of our highly experienced
care team and the community physicians, midwives, and anesthesiologists
who serve the families in our area.”
To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in labor and
delivery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every
hospital in the 15 states and the District of Columbia that provide all-payer
state data for years 2014 through 2016. Healthgrades found that the variation
in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes:
• From 2014 to 2016, if all hospitals included in the analysis performed
similarly to those that received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence
Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 101,543 patients. *
• From 2014 through 2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving
the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 36.8 percent
lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if
they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Labor and Delivery
Excellence Award. *
“Consumers value high-quality outcomes when selecting hospitals,
especially with delivery of a child,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief
Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Parents have many options when
looking for the right providers, and the Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery
Excellence Award gives them important insight to find the top hospitals
in their areas.”
The team at Flagler Hospital is dedicated to making every labor and delivery
experience the best it can possibly be. This begins with childbirth preparation
classes, prenatal yoga, infant CPR, as well as sibling and grandparent
courses. The hospital also features low intervention suites, neonatal
intensive care, private post-partum suites, lactation specialists and
breast feeding support groups.
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Flagler Hospital is a 335-bed, acute care hospital that was named one of
America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2018. The hospital
has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine,
Florida, since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital has also earned
the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for primary
stroke care centers, national accreditation for its total hip and total
knee replacement programs, accreditation from the American College of
Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, Center of Excellence designation
for its bariatric surgery center, and ANCC magnet status for nursing excellence.
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