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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Ranks Among Top 5 Percent of Hospitals in U.S. for Women’s Health


Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in Southern New Jersey to receive the prestigious Women’s Health Excellence Award by HealthGrades, the leading provider of healthcare ratings in the U.S., according to a new report released today by the company. 

Of the 4,783 acute care hospitals in the country, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center was among a select group of only 176 hospitals to be identified as top performers for excellence in women’s healthcare. 

“This award by HealthGrades reiterates our commitment to all aspects of women’s health. At Lourdes, we strive to create an atmosphere of patient-centered care, where our patients are empowered to become active participants in their treatment and care. We remain dedicated to improving the health outcomes of the women we serve through the use of evidence-based, personalized medicine to meet the needs of our individual patients,” said Alexander J. Hatala, President and CEO of Lourdes Health System. 

Although women direct at least 80% of all health care decisions for their families, they often experience a disparity in care when compared to men. Disparities include worse treatment outcomes, delays in care and less preventative follow-up care. 

To determine which hospitals excelled in women’s care, the HealthGrades 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals report analyzed mortality rates and in-hospital complications among 16 of the most common procedures and diagnoses among women, using hospitalization records from the MedPAR database in all 50 states for the years 2008 through 2010. Participation in the study was not voluntary, and all 4,783 of the nation’s acute care hospitals were evaluated by HealthGrades.

The procedures and diagnoses evaluated include: heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, coronary bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery, and valve replacement; total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and hip fracture repair. 

Our Lady of Lourdes performed particularly well in stroke, pneumonia and valve replacement surgery, with mortality rates and in-hospital complications significantly less than the national average. 

On average, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and the other 175 award recipients had women’s mortality rates that were 42 percent lower than the poorest performers across nine diagnoses and procedures, and complication rates were 14 percent lower than the poorest performing hospitals across seven procedures.

“In our study HealthGrades noted the rate of surgical intervention for women suffering a heart attack has increased over the years. This is good news, especially for patients who choose care at hospitals that are top performers in women’s healthcare,” said Divya Cantor, MD, MBA, HealthGrades Senior Physician Consultant and author of the study. “Our goal is to provide current, independent data on clinical outcomes to help prospective patients make informed decisions about their providers while also identifying hospitals that are setting national benchmarks to which other hospitals can aspire.”

If all of the nation’s hospitals had patient outcomes among women at the level of those receiving the HealthGrades award, 39,450 women could have potentially survived their hospitalization and 19,062 women could have avoided a major in-hospital complication.

To be eligible for the HealthGrades award, hospitals must have met volume requirements in stroke and either coronary bypass or valve replacements; met the volume requirements in at least six additional cohorts of the 16 evaluated; and have transferred out less than 10 percent of stroke patients. Volume requirements are a minimum of 30 female discharges over the three years, with at least five in the most recent year for the cohort.

The HealthGrades 2012 Trends in Women’s Health in American Hospitals report, including the methodology, can be found at

About Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center:

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is a regional referral center, known for providing the most sophisticated levels of care. For more than five decades, the medical center has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of southern New Jersey’s residents.

The 410-bed teaching hospital has a keen focus on women’s health and offers many specialty services for the women it serves. Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center offers a broad spectrum of women’s services including some of the most advanced technology, testing and services for mother and baby in the region such as a Level III Perinatal Care, Antenatal Consultation Unit, Maternal Transport Service and Intensive Care Nursery; minimally invasive gynecologic and urologic procedures; advanced treatment and patient navigator services for women with breast cancer. In addition to being among the largest providers of cardiac services in the Delaware Valley, the medical center offers a nationally recognized stroke program and is the only hospital in the southern half of the state of New Jersey performing kidney, pancreas and liver transplants.


For media inquiries, please contact Lauren Markin at or (856) 705-1375.

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