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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Named a Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Awardâ„¢ Recipient

healthgradesOur Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has recently been recognized as one of a select group of hospitals–the top 10% of hospitals evaluated–as providing outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“This award is the result of the teamwork shown by our gynecologists, surgeons, nurses, technicians and other skilled team members who work faithfully on behalf of the women we treat every day,” said Alexander J. Hatala, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lourdes Health System. “This Healthgrades distinction affirms Lourdes continuing commitment to providing outstanding patient care.”

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2016 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award have demonstrated exceptional performance and deliver high quality gynecological care,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, leveraging information about comparative quality can increase the odds of an uncomplicated stay. It’s more important than ever that consumers research their options.”

Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award includes hysterectomy and surgery related to female reproductive organs. Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for all patients made available by 17 individual states for years 2012 through 2014. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in quality for gynecologic surgery.

  • From 2012-2014, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, had, on average, a 44.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award.
  • From 2012-2014, if all hospitals in the 17 states included in this analysis, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, on average, 19,653 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided.

“We are honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Howard Saul, gynecological oncologist at Lourdes. “This Healthgrades recognition is a strong reflection of our team’s commitment to multidisciplinary care of the highest clinical quality.  I thank our entire OB/GYN team as well my partners in the cancer program for their work on achieving this success.”

For additional details on the methodology for selecting the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award recipients, please see the complete Healthgrades 2016 Report on Women’s Health, 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 six decades, the medical center has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of southern New Jersey’s residents. In addition to being among the largest providers of cardiac services in the Delaware Valley, the 325-bed teaching hospital offers a nationally recognized stroke program and is the only hospital in southern New Jersey performing kidney, pancreas and liver transplants. It is also the only hospital in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware ever to have been awarded the American Hospital Association’s top honor for excellence in community outreach services.


About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million consumers use the Healthgrades websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs.   Consumers are empowered  through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action.

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