Memorial Health Earns Award for Excellence in Women’s Care

(September 29, 2009) - Memorial Health received a 2009/2010 Women's Health Excellence award from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Only 169 hospitals received the award nationwide. According to HealthGrades, this places Memorial University Medical Center among the top 5 percent nationally for women's health. Only two other hospitals in the entire state of Georgia received the award -- Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, and Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

The award is based on patient outcomes in three major categories of women's health:

1. Women's Medicine, including treatment for heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and stroke.

2. Women's Cardiovascular Procedures, including coronary artery bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid surgery, and valve replacement surgery.

3. Women's Bone and Joint Health, including total knee and hip replacement, spinal surgery, and hip fracture repair.

"So often, people think of women's health as only involving maternity care and childbirth. But at MUMC, we're proud to provide the highest levels of care for all aspects of a woman's health, and throughout all phases of her life," said Ramon Meguiar, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at Memorial Health.

To read the full report and methodology, visit www.healthgrades.com.

View MUMC's patient outcomes.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.