Penrose-St. Francis Achieves Top Honors as one of Healthgrades 2015 Womens Health Excellence Award Recipients

(Colorado Springs, COLO.) Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has achieved the Healthgrades 2015 Womens Health Excellence Award according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The recognition distinguishes Penrose-St. Francis as a top performing hospital in womens health across the nation for the 7th year in a row. Penrose-St. Francis is ranked in the top five percent in the Nation for Womens Health for the second year in a row.

Consumers can use tools such as the Healthgrades report to research and choose a hospital based on the quality of care that it provides, said Christine Freeman, director of Womens Services at Penrose-St. Francis. At Penrose-St. Francis, we place a great deal of emphasis on how we care for women in our community. Our physicians and staff have an excellent understanding of the unique needs of women when they are seeking or need health care services.

The identification and treatment of medical conditions for women is very different than diagnosing and treating men, therefore it is vitally important that women understand their risks and select a hospital accordingly, said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. The Healthgrades 2015 Womens Health Excellence Award recipients have demonstrated exceptional performance and a dedicated approach to delivering superior quality care for women.

Healthgrades 2015 Womens Health Excellence Award recipient hospitals have the potential to save womens lives. For the report, Healthgrades compared Womens Health Excellence Award recipients as a group, to those hospitals eligible for the award but did not receive it, as a group, and found from 2011-2013:

  • Women undergoing procedures where complications are the measured outcome at recipient hospitals, have, on average a 9.6% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals which did not receive the award.*
  • Women being treated for mortality based conditions at recipient hospitals have, for in-hospital mortality, on average a 31.6% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals which did not receive the award.*

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is one of only 12 hospitals nationwide to receive the Healthgrades Americas 50 Best Hospitals award for eight consecutive years.

To see the complete Healthgrades 2015 Report on Womens Health, including full methodology, please visit: www.healthgrades.com/quality.