OGDEN -- Expecting a baby? According to a new study released by HealthGrades, you're in good hands if you deliver in Top of Utah hospitals.
Both McKay-Dee Hospital and Ogden Regional Medical Center got a five-star rating when it comes to maternity care, tops on the scale. Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Lakeview Hospital and Brigham City Community Hospital each got three stars, which is an "as expected" rating.
The study found that best-performing hospitals had, on average, 51 percent fewer maternal complications among women who had vaginal births, compared to poorly performing hospitals. The same hospitals had 74 percent fewer complications among women who had C-sections when compared to poor performers.
As part of the study, HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings organization, rated 1,546 hospitals in 19 states with one, three or five stars, based on four factors rating maternal complications and newborn health and mortality rates.
McKay-Dee Hospital and Ogden Regional Medical Center were among the top 10 percent of all hospitals studied and received maternity care excellence awards.
Shirley Garcia, Ogden Regional Medical Center director of women's services, said the award is a reflection of the staff's hard work. "We have made the patient experience and quality maternity care our primary focus for many years."
Chris Dallin, public relations director at McKay-Dee Hospital, also said the hospital is proud to have been recognized.
"It's reassuring to know that you can get some of the best care in the nation right here at home," he said.
Hospitals rated with five stars tended to have much higher delivery volume. On average, five-star hospitals delivered 7,029 babies over a three-year period compared to an average of 4,346 and 1,702 for three-star and one-star rated hospitals, respectively.
The study analyzed 14 million hospital records obtained through the 19 states.