A study released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Peninsula Regional Medical Center among the top five percent in the nation for women’s health for the fourth consecutive year (2009-2012). Additionally, Peninsula Regional Medical Center was named a recipient of the HealthGrades Women's Health Excellence Award™ for the fourth consecutive year (2009-2012).
Peninsula Regional is the only hospital in Maryland or Washington, DC to receive the distinguished Women’s Health Excellence Award during the past four consecutive years, and in 2012 is just one of six Maryland hospitals and among an elite group of 176 of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals to be presented with it.
The findings are based on an analysis of more than five million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010 and focused on 16 procedures and diagnoses. 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.
“The significance of the HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award™-and its personal importance to me-is that it recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of our staff in so many different clinical specialties that are essential to the health and well being of Delmarva women of all ages,” stated Peninsula Regional President/CEO Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, Dr.M, FACHE. “To be ranked among the best in the United States for any type of care you provide-and to do that four years in a row-requires a team effort, and this award clearly acknowledges a total team effort and dedication to women’s health issues at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.”
That team effort includes comprehensive services for women not only in the traditional service lines, but also sub-specialties designed specifically for women in cardiac, orthopaedic and spine care.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center continues to work with area health departments and other healthcare providers in planning the annual Tri-County “Go-Red,” a community health education event held every February that focuses on Women and Heart Disease, risk factor assessments and strategies to reduce the chance of developing heart disease. New last year, was the first fundraiser for the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute. Monies raised were targeted to covering the cost of the Women’s Heart Program and providing the service for those who may not be able to afford this screening by Peninsula Regional clinicians. The key is the early detection of cardiac risk factors, which may lead to the development of coronary artery disease.
“Interestingly, I believe the Women’s Health Excellence Award has been presented to us in large part because our emergency physicians and cardiologists are so attuned to the symptoms of heart disease in women that they don’t pre-judge patients based on gender,” added Jeanne Ruff, Executive Director of the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute. “It’s why we’ve been so successful in educating women on chest pain, treating their symptoms and in building a program that is unmatched regionally for its cardiac options and outcomes, and why more women every year choose to be seen here and cared for here.”
On average, one of every two women over the age of 50 will likely have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime; twice the rate of men. Managing osteoporosis early leads to better outcomes in both surgical and non-surgical patients. At Peninsula Regional women may participate in a number of physical medicine programs designed to address their unique orthopaedic needs. “It’s absolutely essential that we provide these programs for women who undergo very unique changes in their bodies throughout their lives” said Warner Crumb, Executive Director of Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine and Neurosciences at Peninsula Regional. “Our Therapy for Women’s Health initiative was designed to help them stay as healthy as possible during life’s important transitional periods by providing them assistance with proper nutrition, exercise, medication and even surgical intervention.”
If that surgical intervention is spine surgery, a woman may be at higher risk for failing traditional open surgery due to a weakening of her bones. For that reason, the spine surgery program at Peninsula Regional’s Peninsula Spine Center, co-led by neurosurgeon Jacek Malik, MD and orthopaedic spine surgeon Scott McGovern, MD, often applies less invasive and motion-preserving spinal procedures to avoid the healing pitfalls associated with using screws and rods in female osteoporotic bone. “We consider not only the structural spine, but also care for the patient as a whole by treating underlying causes to promote a healthier and better quality of life,” added Dr. Malik. “Women’s spine care requires attention to these specific issues and our female patients at Peninsula Regional are provided state-of-the-art care tailored especially for them with the highest level of surgical and rehabilitative expertise.”
Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the 6th largest Medical Center in the state of Maryland-by bed count-providing a full scope of services that rival those offered in much larger metropolitan areas. It has received over 125 national awards, certifications and recognitions over the past six years for the safety and care it provides patients and the outcomes they experience.
For additional information on women’s health services at Peninsula Regional Medical Center including the Women’s Heart Program, the Gynecologic Oncology Center, Labor & Delivery, Mother/Baby and Pediatric services or Orthopaedic and Cancer Care services for women, please visit Peninsula Regional’s website at www.peninsula.org or call 410-546-6400.