Monday, April 12, 2010

Sinai Hospital Receives Women's Health Excellence Award

Sinai Hospital was among an elite group of 169 hospitals nationwide to receive Health Grades 2009/2010 Women's Health Excellence Award. This exclusive designation recognizes Sinai as a leader in quality patient care.

Women in the U.S. account for over 60 percent of all hospital admissions. They are increasingly affected by chronic diseases like congestive heart failure.

Unfortunately, chronic diseases mean more hospitalizations. Because of the wide quality gaps that exist in care between women and men, women should research hospitals and choose the ones best for them.

The HealthGrades Sixth Annual Women's Health in American Hospitals Study has found that among eligible hospitals, a total of 18,089 lives could have been saved and 6,849 complications avoided if all eligible hospitals performed at the level of the best-performing hospitals in women's health.

Hospitals like Sinai are in the top 5 percent of all hospitals nationwide when it comes to providing care to women in three areas: Women's Medicine (heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and stroke); Women's Cardiovascular Procedures (coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid surgery, and valve replacement); and Women's Bone & Joint Health (total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and hip fracture repair).

HealthGrades analyzed more than 2.6 million hospitalizations using Medicare data from all 50 states from 2005 through 2007 for this study.

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