St. Petersburg General Hospital today announced that it has again received five stars for the quality of its vaginal delivery care from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care. This achievement is part of new findings and data released on Healthgrades.com and in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation.

St. Pete General is one of nearly 4,500 nationwide hospitals evaluated for performance. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital's quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. A five-star rating indicates that St. Petersburg General Hospital's patient outcomes were statistically significantly better than expected after performing the procedure being evaluated.

St. Petersburg General Hospital has been delivering babies since 1990 and is known for Family Beginnings Obstetrics Unit.

"We are extremely proud of the quality of our maternity care and this is again demonstrated by receiving this latest award observing best outcomes in vaginal birth deliveries. We consistently provide our mothers-to-be the utmost quality care and treatment before, during and after delivery," states Janice Balzano, CEO of St. Petersburg General Hospital.

The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.