Flagler Hospital Named Recipient of Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™


November 1, 2018 | View PDF

Flagler Hospital has received the 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.

About Us:

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. To learn more about all of the hospital's services, log on to http://www.FlaglerHospital.org.


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