Healthgrades recognition received in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Labor and
Delivery and Gynecologic Surgery
(WESLACO, TX.)—August 22, 2019-- Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco,
a member of Prime Healthcare, has been recognized for excellence in delivering
newborn babies, caring for women after delivery of their newborn, and
performing gynecologic procedures, according to this year’s evaluation
from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information
about physicians and hospitals.
Knapp Medical Center was one of only a few hospitals in the Rio Grande
Valley of South Texas to achieve all three of Healthgrades’ “Women’s
Care Specialty Excellence Awards”: for Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Labor and Delivery, and Gynecologic Surgery. In fact, out of 234 eligible
hospitals, Knapp was one of only 12 facilities in the entire state of
Texas to receive all three of these awards.
The first achievement, for Obstetrics and Gynecology, recognizes Knapp
Medical Center for exceptional clinical outcomes while caring for women
during labor and immediately after delivery of their newborn, as well
as for women undergoing gynecologic procedures. Knapp was one of only
24 facilities in the state of Texas to receive the Obstetrics and Gynecology
Excellence Award, out of 144 eligible hospitals. Nationwide, Knapp is
among the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for obstetrics and gynecology
-- for the 5th year in a row (2015-2019).
The second distinction is Healthgrades’ 2019 Labor and Delivery Excellence
Award™. Knapp was one of only 32 facilities in the state of Texas
to receive the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, out of 218 eligible
hospitals. Nationwide, Knapp is among the top 5% of all hospitals evaluated
for exceptional care of mothers during labor and delivery – for
two years in a row (2018-2019).
The third award, the 2019 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™
from Healthgrades, places Knapp among a select group of hospitals for
providing outstanding quality outcomes in gynecologic surgery. Of 160
eligible hospitals, Knapp was one of only 25 facilities in the state of
Texas to receive the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award. Nationwide,
Knapp is among the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for gynecologic
surgery -- for the 7th year in a row (2013-2019).
Rene J. Lopez, MD, FACHE, RRT, CEO for Knapp Medical Center, said the hospital’s
recognition is a testament to the work of physicians, nurses and other
healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing “the highest-quality
healthcare to residents of the Mid-Valley – every patient, every time.
Obstetrician – Gynecologists on the Active Medical Staff at Knapp
include Dr. Ronald Blanco, Dr. Juan GonzalezDickson; Dr. Annabelle Lopez;
Dr. Mona H. Mallikarjunaiah; Dr. Rory Minck; and Dr. Gregoris Nunez. In
addition, Sandra Rodriguez, CNM, DNP, serves as Certified Nurse Midwife
with the office of Dr. Annabelle Lopez.
The maternity center at Knapp Medical Center enables women and newborn
babies in the Mid-Valley to enjoy the beautiful experience of a child’s
birth in an attractive and very convenient center which is close to home
and the support of their family. The Knapp Women’s Services Department
features private rooms with a relaxing décor, including colorful
“sky panels” in the ceilings which depict blue skies, clouds,
palm trees and other comforting images.
Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for all patients (all-payer
data) provided by 15 individual states for years 2015 through 2017. During
this time, if all hospitals in the analysis performed similarly to those
that received the Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence
Award, complications could have potentially been avoided
for 119,203 patients.
Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals receiving
the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award had, on average,
a 33.4% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital
than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the Obstetrics
and Gynecology Excellence Award.
“The Healthgrades 2019 Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award
recognizes hospitals that are dedicated to providing quality care for
expectant mothers and women who will undergo gynecologic procedures,”
said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers
who do their homework by researching the quality of their local hospitals
will make more informed healthcare decisions, and it could make a difference in
terms of clinical outcomes.”
For more information, please contact the Knapp Women’s Center at
(956) 973-5350, or at OEstrada@PrimeHealthCare.com; and visit