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Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2007 12:00 am

Today’s consumer knows that health care information is as close as their PC or laptop. When it comes to shopping for maternity care, the savvy consumer will find a top-ranked hospital right here in Odessa.

Odessa Regional Medical Center recently announced that they are the only healthcare provider in Mid-Western Texas to receive a 5-star rating for clinical excellence in maternity care from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading source for independent healthcare quality information.

In addition, ORMC ranked in the top 15% of hospitals in the nation for maternity care and has been recognized with the HealthGrades 2006/2007 Maternity Care Excellence Award™.

“Receiving a 5-Star rating from HealthGrades is quite an honor,” ORMC CEO Matthew Roberts said. “With more than 2000 babies born each year at Odessa Regional Medical Center, quality maternity services have long been one of our top priorities. We worked hard to create the area’s premier birthplace, and we are very pleased with this recognition.”

Ratings are based on the following criteria: in-hospital complication rates associated with vaginal and cesarean deliveries, in-hospital volume, neonatal mortality and complication rates for non-indicated or patient choice cesarean sections.

“ORMC is the only hospital in Mid-Western Texas to receive this rating,” said Jacqui Gore, director of community relations for ORMC. “It’s quite a distinction to be the only hospital selected in markets similar to Odessa such as Abilene, Big Spring, Midland and San Angelo.”

For its 2006/2007 ratings, HealthGrades independently analyzed the quality of maternity care for more than 1400 hospitals across 17 states that make this information publicly available, objectively assessing their clinical performance and quality over the three-year period from 2002-2004. The four criteria measured were weighted using predetermined weights based on the consensus from a physician’s panel.

“Each year, HealthGrades assesses hospital quality and publishes every hospital’s ratings online,” explained Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ vice president of medical affairs. “Three million people visit www.healthgrades.com each month in order to determine the hospitals in their communities that provide the highest quality care.”

“Women in Mid-Western Texas should be aware of the information available regarding healthcare quality and the outstanding recognition received by Odessa Regional Medical Center maternity care,” Collier added.

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