Memorial Health Receives Award for Excellence in Women’s Care

(April 22, 2010) -For the second year in a row, Memorial Health received a Women's Health Excellence award from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Only 166 hospitals received the award nationwide. According to HealthGrades, this places Memorial University Medical Center among the top 5 percent nationally for women's health. Only four other hospitals in the entire state of Georgia received the award.

The award is based on patient outcomes in three major categories of women's health:

1. Women's Medicine, including treatment for heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and stroke.

2. Women's Cardiovascular Procedures, including coronary artery bypass surgery, peripheral vascular bypass, coronary interventional procedures, resection/replacement of abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid surgery, and valve replacement surgery.

3. Women's Bone and Joint Health, including total knee and hip replacement, spinal surgery, and hip fracture repair.

"This award reiterates our commitment to all aspects of women's health. We know that many of our patients are mothers, grandmothers, wives, and sisters. They have people counting on them at home. We help them get well and get back to their busy lives as quickly as possible," said Ramon Meguiar, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at Memorial Health.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.