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Adventist Health Bakersfield’s Women’s Care Receives Four Healthgrades Awards for Quality

Awards & Recognition

July 28, 2017 (Bakersfield, Calif.) – Adventist Health Bakersfield today announced that its Women’s Care has received four significant, quality awards – including the 2017 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ in Kern County and three, Five-Star awards – from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The surgery award places AH Bakersfield among a select group of hospitals – the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for providing outstanding quality outcomes in gynecologic surgery.

“We are honored to receive additional Healthgrades awards – this time, for the care we provide our female patients who need gynecologic surgical procedures,” said Sharlet Briggs, President & CEO of AH Bakersfield. “This just further speaks to the quality of our physicians, our nurses and our entire staff here at Adventist Health Bakersfield.”

Healthgrades representatives agreed, adding how these types of awards can influence hospital choice among patients.

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2017 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ have proven that they deliver high-quality gynecological care to their patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Consumers tend to place high-quality outcomes at the top of their wish list when selecting a hospital, so health systems that have achieved this particular distinction stand out among their peers.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in gynecologic surgery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for all patients (all-payer data) made available by 17 individual states for years 2013 through 2015. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality for gynecologic surgery.

    •   From 2013 through 2015, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, had, on average, a 47.6% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award.*
    •   From 2013 through 2015, if all hospitals in the 17 states included in this analysis, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, on average, 15,557 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.*  

AH Bakersfield received the following awards, including three, Five-Star achievements:

     Labor & Delivery
          •   Five-Star Recipient for C-Section Delivery in 2017

     GYN Surgery
          •   Recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™
                      •   Recognized by Healthgrades in 2017 for Superior Performance in Gynecologic Surgery
                      •   Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Gynecologic Surgery in 2017
          •   Five-Star Recipient for Hysterectomy in 2017
          •   Five-Star Recipient for Urogynecologic Procedures in 2017