Carthage Area Hospital, a PeriGen customer since 2014, recently announced that it has earned Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award. Based on patient outcome data from 2014-2016, Healthgrades determined that Carthage Area Hospital ranks in the top 10 percent of eligible hospitals for exceptional care of mothers during labor and delivery. We are proud to partner with an organization that is so invested in delivering quality, local maternal care.

Posted by Ken Eysaman at Carthage Area Hospital:

According to Denver-based Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, this distinction places Carthage Area Hospital within the top 10 percent of 1,043 eligible hospitals evaluated for exceptional care of mothers during labor and delivery.

Representatives from Healthgrades will present the hospital with the award during a brief ceremony on Monday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. in the obstetrics unit waiting room, 1001 West St., Carthage. Members of the media and elected and public officials are invited and encouraged to attend and should RSVP to Taylour Scanlin, Carthage Hospital marketing director,, or 315-519-5211.

“We are proud to continue a legacy of best-in-class personalized maternity and obstetrics care,” Carthage Area Hospital CEO Rich Duvall said. It is a wonderful testament to the hard work and dedication of a highly skilled team of providers and nurses who are invested in delivering quality local maternal care.”

Duvall stressed that the recognition is based on patient experience and clinical outcome, which speaks directly to the quality of the maternity care that the hospital’s obstetrics team provides.

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance in labor and delivery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for virtually every hospital in the 15 states and the District of Columbia that provide all-payer state data for years 2014 through 2016. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes:

> From 2014 to 2016, if all hospitals included in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 101,543 patients.*

> From 2014 through 2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 36.8 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award.*

> From 2014 to 2016, Carthage Area Hospital’s obstetrics team delivered nearly 375 babies per year while providing an annual average of 708 patient days of care for newborns during the same period.

“Consumers value high-quality outcomes when selecting hospitals, especially with delivery of a child,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Parents have many options when looking for the right providers, and the Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award gives them important insight to find the top hospitals in their areas.