Panama City, FL – Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center announced today it achieved the Healthgrades 2020 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award. Gulf Coast Regional was also recognized for Superior Performance in Labor and Delivery from Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. This distinction places Gulf Coast Regional in the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated and recognizes the exceptional care of mothers during and after labor and delivery, according to Healthgrades. Recognition includes:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™
  • Recognized by Healthgrades in 2020 for Superior Performance in Labor and Delivery
  • Among the Top 10% of Hospitals Evaluated for Labor and Delivery in 2020
  • Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for 2 Years in a Row
  • Five-Star Recipient for C-Section Delivery for 3 Years in a Row

“We are honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for our outstanding care of expectant mothers, and we are exceptionally proud of our care teams,” said Dr. George Helmrich, Chief Medical Officer at Gulf Coast Regional. “The recognition from Healthgrades demonstrates the ongoing commitment of our physicians, nurses, and staff to serve women and families in our community with high-quality, evidence-based care.”

“We congratulate the recipients for their commitment to providing superior care for the women within their communities,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Information regarding hospital quality empowers consumers to take control of their own healthcare and make the right decisions as to where they will seek care.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in labor and delivery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for all patients from 16 individual states for years 2016 through 2018. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes:

  • Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 40% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award*.
  • If all hospitals included in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, 124,867 patients with complications could have potentially been avoided *.

Over the past year, the leadership of the Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby Suites units have implemented new quality initiatives to help create a welcoming, comfortable environment for expectant mothers. As part of these new initiatives, registered nurses are certified in electronic fetal monitoring, labor and delivery nurses receive intermediate certification, and mother/baby nurses receive maternal newborn certification designated by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Gulf Coast Regional also added more International Board Certified Lactation Consultants to assist new moms in breastfeeding.

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