Fort Walton Beach, FL – Fort Walton Beach Medical Center today announced that it is a 5-star recipient for vaginal delivery as recognized by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. This 5-star rating indicates that Fort Walton Beach Medical Center's clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected for vaginal delivery. This is the 5th year in a row that Fort Walton Beach Medical Center has received this high-level 5-star award.

“Our Women's and Children's team take the time to listen and understand the needs and preferences of the women that choose Fort Walton Beach Medical Center to care for them before, during and after the delivery of their baby. Receiving this award for five years in a row is evident of the outstanding quality care we provide the women in our communities,” said Mitch Mongell, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center CEO.

“As the new Chief Nursing Officer for Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, I am proud to be associated with a hospital of this caliber. To receive a 5-star rating five years in a row is a huge accomplishment and is a testament to all the support and dedication provided to our patients,” stated Caroline Stewart, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center CNO.

“Healthgrades recognizes hospitals for providing exceptional care in a variety of cohorts for women's health, and those that achieve a 5-star rating are focused on delivering high quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As healthcare trends continue to improve and evolve, patients who select a hospital that is a 5-star recipient can feel confident in their decision when it comes to women's care.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 15 states for years 2015 through 2017. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5-stars and those that have not. For example:

  • From 2015 through 2017, patients having a vaginal delivery in hospitals rated 5-stars have, on average, a 43.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star[1].

[1] years 201__5 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for patients in 15 states for which all-payer data was made available.