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Winthrop Ranks Among Top 5% in Nation for Women’s Health - Archived
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May 10, 2011
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- HealthGrades Report: Women’s Mortality Risk 40% Lower at Top-Performing Hospitals -

Mineola, NY – A study released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Winthrop-University Hospital among the top five percent in the nation for women’s health  and one of only six Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients in New York. What’s more, Winthrop is the only Hospital in Nassau and Suffolk County to receive this prestigious designation.

 In 2011, Winthrop-University Hospital was also named a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence for the third year in a row and a recipient of eight specialty excellence awards spanning Cardiac, Pulmonary, Vascular, Gastrointestinal, and General Surgery service areas.

The findings are based on an analysis of more than five million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009 and focused on 16 procedures and diagnoses. The HealthGrades Women’s Health in American Hospitals report identified the top-performing hospitals in the nation for women’s health and compared women’s health outcomes to those of men in two primary areas: cardiac care and bone and joint health. Significant differences in women’s treatment and outcomes were found.

“Winthrop-University Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, quality and safety – not only in the area of women’s health, but in every healthcare specialty,” said John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “We are very proud of our most recent accolades from HealthGrades, which are a testament to the outstanding care that is delivered to patients on a daily basis at our world-class institution.”

“Much work remains to be done to better understand the differences between men’s and women’s health. But many providers are successfully implementing systems of care to more accurately diagnose and treat disease in women,” said Rick May, MD, report co-author and HealthGrades Vice President of Clinical Quality Services. “The 170 HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients have set an example in providing superior care to the mothers, wives, sisters and daughters in their communities.”

Other key findings of the HealthGrades report include:

  • An additional 41,025 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 8,558 could have avoided a major complication if all hospitals had performed at the level of HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals.
  • For treatment of heart attack in 2009, only one-third of women received a cardiac surgical intervention compared to almost half of men (33.5% and 45.6%, respectively).
  • Among heart attack patients receiving a cardiac intervention, such as coronary bypass surgery or angioplasty, women had a 30% higher death rate.
  • The majority of hip fracture repair patients, 74%, are women.

         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.

         Winthrop-University 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.

         For additional information about the comprehensive Women’s Health Services available at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.

Contact: Leanna Cherry
Publications Specialist
(516) 663-2234
lcherry@winthrop.org