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Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley Recognized by Healthgrades as 5-Star Hospital for Gynecologic Surgery for 2nd Consecutive Year

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley, Women's Services | 0 comments

YUBA CITY, Calif. – Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley today announced that it has been named one of a select group of hospitals identified as providing outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physician and hospitals.Gynecologic surgery includes surgery on the female reproductive system to treat benign tumors, cancer, infertility, incontinence, and various other conditions. Hysterectomy accounted for the majority (75.4 percent) of all procedures evaluated. To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in gynecologic surgery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for all patients (all-payer data) provided by 18 individual states for years 2009 through 2011.  Developing the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery ratings involves four steps:

  • First, the predicted complication value was obtained using a logistic regression mode.
  • Second, the predicted value was compared with the observed number of complications.
  • Third, a test was conducted to determine whether the difference between the predicted and actual values was statistically significant.
  • Fourth, hospital performance was stratified into one of three performance categories.

“This is a proud moment for the Yuba-Sutter community, and a great acknowledgment of our commitment to providing our patients the best hospital experience possible, where safety and quality are our priority,” said Toni Morris, CEO of Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley.

There is a significant variation in quality for gynecologic surgery.  From 2009 through 2011, patients treated in hospitals receiving 5-stars for Gynecologic Surgery have, on average a 54.8 percent lower risk of experiencing complications than if they were treated in hospitals receiving 1-star. From 2009 through 2011, if all hospitals performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars in Gynecologic Surgery: 27,887 in-hospital complications would be avoided (women having these types of surgeries could have potentially avoided in-hospital complications).

“Hospitals achieved this distinction by providing better than expected outcomes in gynecologic surgery over an extended period of time,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Women can expect a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care in gynecological surgery when selecting among Healthgrades 2013 5-Star Hospitals for Gynecologic Surgery.”

For additional details on the Gynecologic Surgery methodology, please see the complete Healthgrades Women’s Health Report 2013: ‘Lean In’ When Making Healthcare Decisions to Get Your Best Outcome at

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley, Women's Services | 0 comments