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Healthgrades recognizes Harlingen Medical Center

August 19, 2018

Special to the Star

HARLINGEN — Harlingen Medical Center announced this past week that is has been named a 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award recipient by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

This award places HMC among a select group of hospitals — the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for providing outstanding quality outcomes in gynecologic surgery.

“Our team’s commitment and investment in compassionate, quality care has been the driving force behind this recognition,” said Brenda Ivory, CEO of Harlingen Medical Center. “We are dedicated to ensuring that each patient receives a high level of safety, comfort, and excellence when they choose HMC.”

“The Healthgrades 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for exceptional performance and helps consumers find the right care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “High-quality outcomes are a top priority for consumers when choosing hospitals, and the recipients of this award stand out due to their records of success.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in gynecologic surgery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for all patients (all-payer data) made available by 15 individual states and the District of Columbia for years 2014 through 2016. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality for gynecologic surgery.

• From 2014 through 2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, had, on average, a 46.3 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award*.

• From 2014 to 2016, if all hospitals in the analysis performed similarly to those receiving the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 12,637 patients.

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