RWJUH Somerset Nationally Recognized for Women's Care

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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is among the best in the nation for women’s care. The hospital has received the Healthgrades 2021 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™, ranking in the top 10% of all hospitals nationwide for the sixth year in a row.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset also has been rated 5-stars for vaginal delivery and 5-stars for C-section delivery, Healthgrades announced today. The 5-star ratings indicate that the hospital’s clinical outcomes for C-Section and Vaginal Delivery are statistically significantly better than expected, and places the hospital among the national leaders in C-Section and Vaginal Delivery.

“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has been a trusted health care partner for women in our community throughout their lives, from pregnancy and childbirth through menopause,” said Tony Cava, president and chief executive officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. “These recognitions attest to the high caliber of care provided by our physicians, nurses and staff to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.”

“It is incredibly important for consumers to use all available information to make confident healthcare choices. We are proud to recognize the recipients of the Healthgrades 2021 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award for their ongoing commitment to providing top quality care for women,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. “Women can feel confident selecting a hospital recognized with a 5-star rating for providing exceptional women’s care. We commend the organizations that receive this achievement and for their ongoing commitment to providing exceptional care for their patients.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in gynecologic surgery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for hospitals from 16 individual states that provided all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality for gynecologic surgery. From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award had, on average, a 45.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award*.

Healthgrades also found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5-stars and those that have not. For example, from 2017 through 2019, women having a Vaginal Delivery in hospitals rated 5-stars have, on average, a 43.6% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star*.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset provides a wide-range of services for expectant mothers, newborns and their families, including a Level II Intermediate Care Nursery staffed 24/7 by a board-certified neonatologist and specially trained nurses; a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist available 24/7; 24/7 anesthesiology coverage dedicated to obstetrics; counseling with Maternal-Fetal Medicine staff and a perinatologist; a comprehensive Diabetes Center offering pregnancy and post-partum counseling; a Family Practice Center for prenatal and post-partum care; a lactation consultant for inpatient and outpatient visits; and post-partum and infant care classes offered during a patient’s stay so that they are ready for discharge..

Among the gynecologic surgical procedures, including laparoscopic and robotic procedures, performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Somerset are hysterectomies, removal or repair of the ovaries, removal, repair or ligation of fallopian tubes, uterine repair, endometrial ablations and cervical procedures.

For more information about Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s women’s health services, visit www.rwjbh.org/somerset. To learn more about Healthgrades’ quality ratings and methodology, go to www.healthgrades.com.