Awards, Women's Health
Spectrum Health Hospitals Nationally Recognized Among the Best Maternity Care Hospitals by Newsweek
Newsweek Magazine distinction salutes exemplary care for moms and newborns
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 21, 2020 – Spectrum Health Butterworth and United Hospitals were named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our hard work and commitment to moms and their babies,” said Nicole Turck, vice president of Women’s Health, Spectrum Health. “We strive for extraordinary care in one of the most important times of a woman’s life, and together, work towards an exceptional birth experience with our patients.”
“Best Maternity Care Hospitals are an elite group of hospitals from across the country,” said Nancy Cooper, Editor in Chief of Newsweek. “These facilities are to be commended for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.”
Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics. The tough standards have been established by Leapfrog’s national expert panel. This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, low C-section rates for low-risk first time moms, and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville were among 250 top hospitals to receive the prestigious accolade. The full list of recipients will appear in the July 24, 2020 edition of Newsweek, available online and at newsstands nationwide.
Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.
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