Saint Mary’s Regional Health System has been ranked the #1 hospital in Arkansas for Women’s Health, according to the newly released 2012 quality awards from CareChex, the medical quality rating service of The Delta Group.

SMRMC is also ranked in the Top 100 hospitals in the country for Women’s Health, placing it in the top 10% in the nation as well.

Dr. Thane Forthman, managing principal at The Delta Group commented, “CareChex allows the public to make informed decisions regarding the quality of medical care provided by hospitals. We are pleased to acknowledge that Saint Mary’s Regional Health System in Russellville, Arkansas, has achieved an exceptionally high level of performance of medical quality in Women’s Health. This is a benchmark that other hospitals should seek to emulate.”

CareChex is a hospital quality rating service of The Delta Group – the nation’s largest privately-held healthcare information services company that provides clinical, financial, and patient satisfaction findings to consumers, providers, and purchasers ofU.S.medical care. Unlike other publicly available hospital quality ratings, CareChex provides a comprehensive evaluation of all components of medical quality including process of care, outcomes of care, and patient satisfaction.

“Women today have many options when choosing a healthcare provider” said Dr. Joe Cloud, Saint Mary’s Chief of Staff and gynecologist with Millard Henry Clinic.  “We are always honored by the level of trust our patients extend to us when they choose us for their care.  This recognition demonstrates that their trust is well placed. Knowing that we lead the way asArkansas’s top hospital for medical excellence in women’s’ health clearly shows that our entire team, from physicians and nurses to our support staff, is focused on providing the highest quality, patient-centered care every day.”

Unlike other publicly available hospital quality ratings, CareChex provides a comprehensive evaluation of all components of medical quality, including the process of care, outcomes of care, and patient experience. The 2012 CareChex analysis consists of data from 2008-2010.

“We are honored to receive recognition from independent ratings companies like CareChex that validates the level of quality care that Saint Mary’s provides to its patients,” said Mike McCoy, Chief Executive Officer.  “Our medical staff and our hospital’s employees are dedicated to providing this level of care to each and every patient and this exceptional ranking comparing Saint Mary’s to other hospitals across our state and nation is a result of their commitment, dedication, and compassion.”

About Saint Mary’s
Part of the Capella Healthcare family of hospitals, Saint Mary’s is a 170-bed facility, accredited by The Joint Commission.  Serving the Arkansas RiverValleyfor more than 85 years, the hospital currently has 96 active physicians on the medical staff and employs more than 850 healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care with courtesy and compassion.  Saint Mary’s offers a wide range of medical services, including Women’s and Children’s Services, Diagnostic Cardiac Services, Interventional Cardiology, Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Outpatient Therapy Center, Sleep Study Lab, Hyperbaric Wound Care, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Senior Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Adult Behavioral Health, MSICU, 24-hour Emergency Services and Home Health Care.   Learn more about services offered by Saint Mary’s visit www.saintmarysregional.com

About The Delta Group
The Delta Group is a leading healthcare information services and consulting company dedicated to providing an extensive array of products and services designed to measure, manage, and monitor the clinical, financial, and market performance of healthcare organizations. Our vision is simple: to see healthcare organizations achieve and maintain superior performance. Our mission is as broad as necessary and as narrow as possible-to assist clients in the interpretation, application, and implementation of findings which are catalysts for effecting meaningful change. This approach has proven to be the key to successful change management; whether in reducing clinical costs, improving medical quality, or redefining market strategy. For more information, go to www.thedeltagroup.com.

For more information or to learn more about the quality ratings of other hospitals in the area, go online to www.carechex.com.