Richmond, Virginia — HCA Virginia's Chippenham Hospital has been named a 5-Star recipient for vaginal delivery for the fourth year in a row and, new this year, C-section deliveries by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
These 5-star ratings indicate that Chippenham's clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.
"We strive to provide our patients with the best care possible," said Karen Shirley, R.N., director of women's services at Chippenham Hospital. "I am proud of our team for being nationally recognized and am confident that we will continue to raise our standards."
"Healthgrades recognizes hospitals for providing exceptional care in a variety of cohorts for women's health, and those that achieve a 5-star rating are focused on delivering high quality care," said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades. "As healthcare trends continue to improve and evolve, patients who select a hospital that is a 5-star recipient can feel confident in their decision when it comes to women's care."
To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 15 states for years 2015 through 2017. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5-stars and those that have not. For example:
According to Healthgrades, from 2015 through 2017, patients having vaginal and C-section deliveries in hospitals rated 5-stars have a lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star1.
Efforts at Chippenham Hospital have continued to focus on staying compliant with the March of Dimes' 39 weeks education initiative, which aims to promote healthier babies and reducing early elective births; and developing strategies to lower C-section rates.
1 Statistics are based on Healthgrades' analysis of all-payer data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for patients in 15 states for which all-payer data was made available.