A report recently released by HealthGrades, the nation's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, rated Doylestown Hospital's maternity care services the highest score - 5-stars - for its outcomes with mothers and babies. No other hospital in Bucks County achieved the top rating in this year's report. HealthGrades' report found that women who give birth at 5-Star rated hospitals experience 32% fewer complications. Doylestown Hospital is committed to providing the women of Bucks County and their babies with the highest possible quality care.
Close to 1,300 babies are born each year at Doylestown Hospital's V.I.A. Maternity Center, which now features private rooms for all patients. The V.I.A. Maternity Center has expanded to 22 private rooms and 10 private labor-delivery-recover rooms. This allows each new mother and father to have the privacy that is necessary for bonding with their newborn. The V.I.A. Maternity Center also includes the well baby nursery and the intensive care nursery, or NICU, which offers level 2 neonatal intensive care for infants who require additional care due to illness or prematurity. Through its affiliation with neonatalogists from the premier pediatric specialty hospital in the Delaware Valley, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Doylestown Hospital offers round-the-clock coverage by CHOP neonatologists.
"Our focus is always on the patients and the quality of care they and their family receive throughout the hospital stay," says Pauline R. Canelli, RNC-OB, BSN, Clinical Manager of Maternal Child Services. "Education is a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to quality. This is one of the most important things we can do for the patients. The staff in the V.I.A. Maternity Center pride themselves on the continuing education that we provide to the patients and their families throughout their time here at Doylestown Hospital."
"Women today have a wide array options when it comes to reproductive health and choosing a health care provider who aligns with their personal preferences," said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA and HealthGrades Senior Physician Consultant. "Mothers-to-be 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."
Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Obstetrics & Gynecology in American Hospitals report include:
- In the 19 states studied, 7% of women undergoing single live born deliveries experience an in-hospital complication.
- If all hospitals performed at the level of 5-Star rated hospitals in maternity care, 32% of these complications, (141,869), could have been potentially prevented.