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Women’s Health Services at Winthrop Recognized with National Awards

Winthrop Named Among Best in Nation for Maternity Care & Gynecologic Surgery

HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, has named Winthrop-University Hospital a recipient of both the 2011 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award and the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award.

HealthGrades’ report found that women who undergo gynecologic surgery at five star rated hospitals experience 35 percent fewer complications. Winthrop-University Hospital is committed to providing the women of Long Island with the highest possible quality care.

“The gynecologic surgeons at Winthrop possess expertise in all aspects of medical and surgical gynecologic care,” said Eva Chalas, MD, Director of Clinical Cancer Services, Vice-Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Winthrop. “The scope of care includes procedures for treatment of common gynecologic conditions such as fibroids and endometriosis, as well as highly sophisticated treatments for infertility, loss of pelvic support and incontinence, and aggressive and comprehensive therapy of gynecologic cancers. We offer our patients non-invasive and minimally invasive approaches to surgery with the most advanced techniques, including robot-assisted procedures.”

“Winthrop-University Hospital has been providing superior maternity care to young mothers for over a century,” said Anthony Vintzileos, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop. “We offer the most advanced maternal fetal capabilities such as high-risk pregnancy management, help for women with previous adverse pregnancy outcomes and laser fetal surgery. In addition, we are engaged in top notch research in maternal-fetal medicine in order to provide mothers and their babies an unmatched resource to ensure the best possible outcome as they bring new life into the world.”

“Women today have a wide array of options when it comes to reproductive health and choosing a healthcare provider who aligns with their personal preferences,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA and HealthGrades Senior Physician Consultant. “Female patients can optimize their chances for receiving the highest possible quality of care by researching and comparing the clinical outcomes of hospitals and doctors in their area.”

Winthrop Ranks Among Top Five Percent in Nation for Women’s Health


Further underscoring its outstanding clinical outcomes in women’s health, Winthrop was recognized earlier this year by HealthGrades as a recipient of the 2011 Women’s Health Excellence Award and ranked among the top five percent in the nation for Women’s Health for the second year in a row. Winthrop is the only hospital in New York State to simultaneously receive the HealthGrades Maternity Care Excellence Award, the HealthGrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, and the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award in 2011, reflecting the unmatched standard of care that women receive at Winthrop.

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. “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.”

For additional information about the comprehensive Women’s Health Services available at Winthrop, or for a referral to a physician, call 1-866- WINTHROP.
Vol. 21, No. 2
Fall 2011

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