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Women and Infants and Kent Ranked Among the Best in the Nation in Maternal Care

A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, announced that Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Kent Hospital both achieved a 5-star rating in Maternity Care for 2011. Kent Hospital also earned a Specialty Excellence Award for Maternity Care in 2011, having achieved the 5-star rating for two consecutive years. Women & Infants and Kent, both part of Care New England, were two of only six hospitals in New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, and VT) to achieve 5-star rating.

HealthGrades report found that women who give birth at 5-star rated hospitals experience 32% fewer complications.

“The care that we provide to the women and newborns of this region is extraordinary, and we are so proud to have that level of care acknowledged,” said Constance A. Howes, president and CEO of Women & Infants Hospital. “This recognition gives the general and the health care community the reassurance of the high quality, compassionate care that is provided each and every day here at Women & Infants Hospital.”

"This is a major distinction for Kent Hospital's Women's Care Center," said Sandra Coletta, Kent Hospital president and CEO. "To receive this honor from HealthGrades for two consecutive years speaks to the level of expertise, dedication, caring and commitment by all of our maternity care staff. We are honored by this designation and proud to be able to provide such a high level of care to the women and their newborns in our community."

“Women today have a wide array of 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.

About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A U.S.News Best Hospital in Gynecology and Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology, Women & Infants was ranked number one in the Providence metro area and a top hospital in Cancer and Gynecology. The primary teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the seventh largest obstetrical service in the country with more than 8,500 deliveries per year. In 2009, Women & Infants opened the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

New England’s premier hospital for women and newborns, Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s only mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiography; a Center for In Vitro Maturation Excellence by SAGE In Vitro Fertilization; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health; and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group.

About Kent Hospital
At Kent Hospital’s Women’s Care Center, obstetric and gynecologic care is offered in a newly renovated setting, offering comfortable and secure hotel-like accommodations, staffed by experienced obstetric nurses. Dedicated to a woman’s unique health needs, Kent’s family-centered childbirth program offers education and support classes, including a popular mothers’ group. The Women’s Care Center’s six private labor and delivery rooms and two surgical delivery suites offer the latest in technology and amenities. The Women’s Care Center includes a 22-bed post-delivery unit and a 24-hour neonatal special care nurses for higher risk newborns, operated in collaboration with Women & Infants Hospital.

Kent Hospital, a Care New England hospital, is a 359-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital serving approximately 300,000 residents of Warwick, West Warwick, East Greenwich, West Greenwich, Coventry and parts of North Kingstown, Exeter and Cranston, Rhode Island. Kent Hospital has more than 2,300 employees, a medical staff of more than 600, a volunteer corps of 250 and 350 auxilians.

About HealthGrades
HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades’ online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 200 million consumers annually to make informed health care decisions.

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